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Definitions of pretense

  1. pretending with intention to deceive Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  2. an artful or simulated semblance; "under the guise of friendship he betrayed them" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  3. A putting on of a false appearance; deception; sham; unfounded claim. Also, pretence. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.

Usage examples for pretense

  1. I took it into my head to turn about and to go to Salins, under the pretense of going to see M. de Marian, the nephew of M. Dupin, who had an employment at the salt- works, and formerly had given me many invitations to his house. – The Confessions of J. J. Rousseau, Book XI. by Jean Jacques Rousseau
  2. He was on his travels, having left Athens to be absent ten years, under the pretense of wishing to see the world, but really to avoid being forced to repeal any of the laws which at the request of the Athenians he had made for them. – The Best of the World's Classics, Restricted to prose. Volume I (of X) - Greece by Various