[pri-tens, pree-tens]
noun Chiefly British. Unabridged
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pretence or (US) pretense (prɪˈtɛns)
1.  the act of pretending
2.  a false display; affectation
3.  a claim, esp a false one, to a right, title, or distinction
4.  make-believe or feigning
5.  a false claim or allegation; pretext
6.  a less common word for pretension
pretense or (US) pretense

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Example sentences
Robin turned and leant on the bar and scanned the room with a pretence of
Voters encourage the pretence that the plagiarism does not matter.
But the pretence was maintained that the shuttle was a workaday craft.
Allowing such ersatz lending is a pretence by booksellers.
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