Synonyms for pretenseprɪˈtɛns, ˈpri tɛns

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. pretense, pretence, pretending, simulation, feigning(noun)

    the act of giving a false appearance

    pretending, pretence, pretext, pretension, pretense, guise, feigning, computer simulation, make-believe, simulation, model, dissembling

  2. pretense, pretence, feigning, dissembling(noun)

    pretending with intention to deceive

    dissimulation, pretending, deceit, pretence, pretext, pretension, pretense, guise, feigning, make-believe, simulation, deception, dissembling

  3. pretense, pretence, make-believe(noun)

    imaginative intellectual play

    pretend, pretending, pretence, pretext, pretension, pretense, guise, feigning, make-believe, simulation, dissembling

  4. pretension, pretense, pretence(noun)

    a false or unsupportable quality

    largeness, pretending, pretence, pretext, simulation, pretense, pretension, feigning, pretentiousness, make-believe, guise, dissembling

  5. guise, pretense, pretence, pretext(noun)

    an artful or simulated semblance

    pretending, pretence, pretext, simulation, pretense, pretension, feigning, guise, make-believe, stalking-horse, dissembling


  1. pretense(noun)

    fiction, deception, affectation, escape, imitation, sham, pretext, subterfuge

  2. pretense(noun)

    A false or hypocritical profession, as, under pretense of friendliness.

    deception, imitation, escape, sham, affectation, subterfuge, fiction, pretext

  3. pretense(noun)

    Intention or purpose not real but professed.

    fiction, pretext, escape, affectation, subterfuge, imitation, sham, deception

  4. pretense(noun)

    An unsupported claim made or implied.

    escape, subterfuge, pretext, affectation, sham, imitation, deception, fiction

  5. pretense(noun)

    An insincere attempt to reach a specific condition or quality.

    deception, escape, subterfuge, pretext, fiction, imitation, sham, affectation

English Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. pretense

    A pretense, in the unfavorable, which is also the usual sense, is something advanced or displayed for the purpose of concealing the reality. A person makes a pretense of something for the credit or advantage to be gained by it; he makes what is allowed or approved a pretext for doing what would be opposed or condemned; a tricky schoolboy makes a pretense of doing an errand which he does not do, or he makes the actual doing of an errand a pretext for playing truant. A ruse is something (especially something slight or petty) employed to blind or deceive so as to mask an ulterior design, and enable a person to gain some end that he would not be allowed to approach directly. A pretension is a claim that is or may be contested; the word is now commonly used in an unfavorable sense. Compare ARTIFICE; HYPOCRISY.

    affectation, air, assumption, cloak, color, disguise, dissimulation, excuse, mask, pretension, pretext, ruse, seeming, semblance, show, simulation, subterfuge, trick, wile

    actuality, candor, fact, frankness, guilelessness, honesty, ingenuousness, openness, reality, simplicity, sincerity, truth

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pretext, comedy

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