pretenseful

pretense

[pri-tens, pree-tens]
noun
1.
pretending or feigning; make-believe: My sleepiness was all pretense.
2.
a false show of something: a pretense of friendship.
3.
a piece of make-believe.
4.
the act of pretending or alleging falsely.
5.
a false allegation or justification: He excused himself from the lunch on a pretense of urgent business.
6.
insincere or false profession: His pious words were mere pretense.
7.
the putting forth of an unwarranted claim.
8.
the claim itself.
9.
any allegation or claim: to obtain money under false pretenses.
10.
pretension (usually followed by to ): destitute of any pretense to wit.
Also, especially British, pretence.


Origin:
1375–1425; late Middle English < Anglo-French < Medieval Latin *praetēnsa, noun use of feminine of praetēnsus, past participle (replacing Latin praetentus) of praetendere to pretend

pretenseful, adjective
pretenseless, adjective

pretense, pretext.


1. shamming. 2. semblance. 3. mask, veil.
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Word Origin & History

pretense
early 15c., "the putting forth of a claim," from M.Fr. pretensse, from fem. of L.L. prætensus, from L. prætensus, pp. of prætendere (see pretend). Meaning "false or hypocritical profession" is from 1540s. Pretension is c.1600 meaning "assertion;" sense
of "ostentation" is from 1727.
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