How To Spell pretence?

Correct spelling: pretence

What is the definition of pretence?

  1. a false or unsupportable quality

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This graph shows how "pretence" have occurred between 1800 and 2008 in a corpus of English books.

What are the usage examples for pretence?

  1. He pulled out his watch with a pretence easy of detection, that he had not just done so ten minutes before. – Somehow Good by William de Morgan
  2. I will not accept any absolution from any one on a false pretence – Somehow Good by William de Morgan
  3. He looked at Nettleship and me as if he had never before seen us in his life, and I at first almost doubted whether he could really be the same man; but when I observed the independent way in which he went rolling along the deck, evidently caring for no one, and heard the tone of his voice, I was certain that he was the fellow I had supposed; so also was Nettleship, who said that he would have a talk with him some day, under pretence of learning what ships he had served aboard. – Paddy Finn by W. H. G. Kingston

What are the quotes for pretence?

  1. In England, literary pretence is more universal than elsewhere from our method of education.
  2. Malice can always find a mark to shoot at, and a pretence to fire.

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