from The Century Dictionary.
- noun See
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.
pretense, pretenseful, pretenseless.
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- noun British An act of pretending or
pretension; a false claim or pretext.
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- noun pretending with intention to deceive
- noun imaginative intellectual play
- noun a false or unsupportable quality
- noun an artful or simulated semblance
- noun the act of giving a false appearance
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WORDS ACCENTED ON THE LAST SYLLABLE: address _address'_ adept _adept'_ adult _adult'_ ally _ally'_ commandant _commandänt '(ä as in arm) _ contour _contour'_ dessert _dessert'_ dilate _dilate'_ excise _eksiz'_ finance _finance'_ grimace _grimace'_ importune _importune'_ occult _occult'_ pretence _pretence'_ research _research'_ robust _robust'_ romance _romance'_ tirade _tirade'_
Image/pretence is everything. on April 24, 2008 at 9: 34 am | Reply Dan
The pretence is to negotiate; the purpose is to separate.
Theres a bad kind, where the pretence is instead of the real thing, as when a man pretends hes going to help you instead of really helping you.
The wary servant, seeing that he was watched, turned to the wall, under a certain pretence, tore his letters into the smallest possible pieces, and threw them behind the door.
The former was, in pretence, the latter was, in truth, at the bottom of this tradition.
Naturally, that is, sincerely, and not in pretence only: with a willing heart and upright view, so agreeably to the make of his mind.
What reward can those expect who preach Christ out of strife, and envy, and contention, and to add affliction to a faithful minister's bonds? who preach in pretence, and not in truth?
Or when they came to enquire of the prophet they pretended to put away their idols, but it was in pretence only; they still had a secret reserve for them.
Note, the sincere and serious beggars at Christ's door commonly meet with the worst rebukes from those that follow him but in pretence and hypocrisy.