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Definition of Pretence


  1. Alt. of Pretenceless
  2. The act of laying claim; the claim laid; assumption; pretension.
  3. The act of holding out, or offering, to others something false or feigned; presentation of what is deceptive or hypocritical; deception by showing what is unreal and concealing what is real; false show; simulation; as, pretense of illness; under pretense of patriotism; on pretense of revenging Caesar's death.
  4. That which is pretended; false, deceptive, or hypocritical show, argument, or reason; pretext; feint.
  5. Intention; design.

Pretence Quotations

Jealousy, that dragon which slays love under the pretence of keeping it alive.
Havelock Ellis

If we can but prevent the government from wasting the labours of the people, under the pretence of taking care of them, they must become happy.
Thomas Jefferson

Malice can always find a mark to shoot at, and a pretence to fire.
Charles Simmons

Others indeed may talk, and write, and fight about liberty, and make an outward pretence to it; but the free-thinker alone is truly free.
George Berkeley

Sincerity is impossible, unless it pervade the whole being, and the pretence of it saps the very foundation of character.
James Russell Lowell
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Pretence Translations

pretence in Dutch is aanmatiging, onbescheidenheid
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