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/prɪˈtɛns, ˈpri tɛns/
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Robin turned and leant on the bar and scanned the room with a
Voters encourage the
that the plagiarism does not matter.
was maintained that the shuttle was a workaday craft.
Allowing such ersatz lending is a
of increased productivity has no basis in fact.
The private ratings agencies and public regulators both abandoned any
of impartiality and joined the party.
The statement is abject in humility, yet still without
These courtiers could play the hypocrites, and had no hopes of surprising the religious king but under some
But friendship by its nature admits of no feigning, no
: as far as it goes it is both genuine and spontaneous.
He dignifies his calling with the
British Dictionary definitions for
the act of pretending
a false display; affectation
a claim, esp a false one, to a right, title, or distinction
make-believe or feigning
a false claim or allegation; pretext
a less common word for
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Our own distrust gives a fair pretence for the knavery of other people.
François La Rochefoucauld, Duc De
Jealousy, that dragon which slays love under the pretence of keeping it alive.
The pious pretence that evil does not exist only makes it vague, enormous and menacing.