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Synonyms for pretenderprɪˈtɛn dər

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. Pretender(noun)

    a claimant to the throne or to the office of ruler (usually without just title)

    dissimulator, dissembler, impostor, phoney, shammer, phony, fraud, imposter, pseudo, faker, role player, sham, hypocrite, fake, pseud

  2. imposter, impostor, pretender, fake, faker, fraud, sham, shammer, pseudo, pseud, role player(noun)

    a person who makes deceitful pretenses

    histrion, fraud, imposter, pseudo, fake, dissimulator, faker, player, pretender, fraudulence, juke, role player, hoax, dissembler, put-on, humbug, shammer, actor, pseud, hypocrite, phoney, sham, phony, postiche, impostor, dupery, malingerer, thespian, skulker

  3. hypocrite, dissembler, dissimulator, phony, phoney, pretender(noun)

    a person who professes beliefs and opinions that he or she does not hold in order to conceal his or her real feelings or motives

    dissimulator, dissembler, phoney, shammer, role player, imposter, hypocrite, pretender, pseudo, faker, pseud, impostor, sham, fraud, fake, phony


  1. pretender(noun)

    phoney, dissembler, hypocrite

  2. pretender(noun)

    A person who professes beliefs and opinions that they do not hold.

    phoney, hypocrite, dissembler

  3. pretender(noun)

    A claimant to an abolished or already occupied throne.

    dissembler, hypocrite, phoney

English Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. pretender

    A hypocrite (Greek hypokrites, one who answers on the stage, an actor, especially a mimic actor) is one who acts a false part, or assumes a character other than the real. Deceiver is the most comprehensive term, including all the other words of the group. The deceiver seeks to give false impressions of any matter where he has an end to gain; the dissembler or hypocrite seeks to give false impressions in regard to himself. The dissembler is content if he can keep some base conduct or evil purpose from being discovered; the hypocrite seeks not merely to cover his vices, but to gain credit for virtue. The cheat and impostor endeavor to make something out of those they may deceive. The cheat is the inferior and more mercenary, as the thimble-rig gambler; the impostor may aspire to a fortune or a throne. Compare HYPOCRISY.

    The antonyms of hypocrite are to be found only in phrases embodying the adjectives candid, honest, ingenuous, sincere, true, etc.

    cheat, deceiver, dissembler, hypocrite, impostor

PPDB, the paraphrase database

List of paraphrases:

comedian, impostor, imposter, suitor

Translations for pretender

From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary

  • Betrüger, Anwärter, Angeber, HeuchlerGerman
  • mentiroso, falso, grupiento, hipócrita, pretendiente, impostor, embusteroSpanish
  • prétendant, imposteurFrench
  • huichelaar, pretendent, veinzerDutch
  • притворщик, лицемер, претендентRussian

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