There is a pretense of caution: The course of the race is designed to avoid flying directly over crowds.
There is not even the pretense of actual interaction with voters.
Some journalists dropped the pretense entirely, openly taking the side of the White House against their colleagues.
None of this is even remotely credible; the election was stolen without even a pretense of plausibility.
The new editor's delight in this coup was only very thinly covered by his pretense of sadness and horror.
In return Jack shook her fist at him with what was not all a pretense of indignation.
She had been convicted of blackmail, and she made no pretense even of innocence.
At any rate after this on every pretense David went out of his way to have her meet his friends.
Hastily he threw on the packs, making no pretense at neat packing.
Here—now on one pretense and now on another—I could visit her, and we could both plan together what our future lives were to be.
also pretence, early 15c., "the putting forth of a claim," from Anglo-French pretensse, Middle French pretensse (Modern French prétense), from Medieval Latin noun use of fem. of Late Latin praetensus, altered from Latin praetentus, past participle of praetendere (see pretend). Meaning "false or hypocritical profession" is from 1540s.