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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

Organized religion is a sham and a crutch for weak-minded people who need strength in numbers. It tells people to go out and stick their noses in other people's business.
Jesse Ventura

Resignation, not mystic, not detached, but resignation open-eyed, conscious, and informed by love, is the only one of our feelings for which it is impossible to become a sham.
Joseph Conrad

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

There is no religion without love, and people may talk as much as they like about their religion, but if it does not teach them to be good and kind to man and beast, it is all a sham.
Anna Sewell
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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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