At his most devastating, Ellison abandons any pretence of literary realism.
Although Vanessa comforted herself with the pretence that I had two fathers, in reality—emotional reality, that is—I had none.
The latest addition to the most-wanted list, Hafeez Saeed, the head of Lashkar-e-Taiba, does not even make any pretence of hiding.
We can't disguise hostility towards any religion behind the pretence of liberalism.
Kelly, however, goes a step further and abandons any pretence of subtlety.
Like the famous A-tu-ma-shi monastery, these made no pretence of being in Burmese style, and were grievous to the sthetic eye.
Only three of them she knew made any pretence of earning their living.
This was a pure slander, absolutely without foundation, and not supported by even the pretence of proof.
Only, the cruelty must be whitewashed by a moral excuse, and a pretence of reluctance.
The pretence of being mortally disabled was an old one with his people, as many a white man has learned when too late.
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.