from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Not genuine or sincere; feigned: a pretended interest in the proceedings.
- adj. Supposed; alleged: the pretended heir to the throne.
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- v. Simple past tense and past participle of pretend.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Making a false appearance; unreal; false.
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- adj. adopted in order to deceive
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By the way, several readers have had a thought about "community organizer," which some Dems have pretended is code for "black."
Melas in his despatch spoke of what he called our pretended army of reserve with inconceivable contempt, and alluded to the presence of Bonaparte in Italy as a mere fabrication.
No, they may laugh, they may smile at what they call his pretended sanctity, but in truth he is no hypocrite.
McCain pretended he had answering and left folks hanging hoping they vote for him to hear is resolutions ...
Upon learning that Dwayne is a rapper, Palin pretended to recognize someone in the distance and excused herself.
Rooted in pretended grievances against the West mixed with rabidly anti-American sentiments, framed by bizarre conspiracy theories (many shared with the fringe constituency of the moonbat Left in the West) and outright paranoia, radical Islam has transformed its mother-religion by synthesizing these elements through the filter of Western revolutionary thought to create an ideological system for actuating Sorelian apocalyptic violence.
The Christian church has set up a religion of pomp and revenue in pretended imitation of a person (Jesus) who lived a life of poverty.
Inasmuch as lying involves pretended truth, the truth pretended is an imaginary antecedent.
Sandelin pretended to shoot at his ball in the hole and Mickelson thought he was being insulted.
But Rilla believed it, for all that; and Mrs. Blythe believed it; and the doctor, though he smiled faintly in pretended derision, felt an odd confidence replace his first despair; and foolish and absurd or not, they all plucked up heart and courage to carry on, just because a faithful little dog at the Glen station was still watching with unbroken faith for his master to come home.