from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Chiefly British Variant of pretense.
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- n. An act of pretending or pretension; a false claim or pretext.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- See pretense, pretenseful, pretenseless.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. See pretense.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. pretending with intention to deceive
- n. imaginative intellectual play
- n. a false or unsupportable quality
- n. an artful or simulated semblance
- n. the act of giving a false appearance
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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.
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.
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?