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[pri-ten-der] /prɪˈtɛn dər/
a person who pretends, especially for a dishonest purpose.
an aspirant or claimant (often followed by to):
a pretender to the throne.
a person who makes unjustified or false claims, statements, etc., as about personal status, abilities, intentions, or the like:
a pretender to literary genius.
Origin of pretender
1585-95; pretend + -er1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • The four-year-old-first crown prince and then uncrowned pretender-served nine decades longer, with brains and charm.
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  • She's not much of a pretender and hadn't been involved in the rocket play-but she loves organizing things.
British Dictionary definitions for pretender


a person who pretends or makes false allegations
a person who mounts a claim, as to a throne or title
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for pretender

1590s, "one who intends;" 1620s as "one who puts forth a claim;" agent noun from pretend (v.). Specifically of a claimant to the English throne from 1690s.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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