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Definition of Sham


  1. That which deceives expectation; any trick, fraud, or device that deludes and disappoint; a make-believe; delusion; imposture, humbug.
  2. A false front, or removable ornamental covering.
  3. False; counterfeit; pretended; feigned; unreal; as, a sham fight.
  4. To trick; to cheat; to deceive or delude with false pretenses.
  5. To obtrude by fraud or imposition.
  6. To assume the manner and character of; to imitate; to ape; to feign.
  7. To make false pretenses; to deceive; to feign; to impose.

Sham Quotations

Champagne for my real friends and real pain for my sham friends.
Tom Waits

This is not a sham, not a game. This is the real stuff.
Marion Barry

Children are a wonderful gift. They have an extraordinary capacity to see into the heart of things and to expose sham and humbug for what they are.
Desmond Tutu

To an honest judge, the alleged marriage between religion and science is a shallow, empty, spin-doctored sham.
Richard Dawkins

There are many sham diamonds in this life which pass for real, and vice versa.
William Makepeace Thackeray
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Sham Translations

sham in French is simili
sham in German is Schein.., Schein-
sham in Italian is simulare
sham in Spanish is fingido, fingir, remedo
sham in Swedish is sken-, simulera
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