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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

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

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

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

Sham liberty will be proclaimed everywhere.

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
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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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