Synonyms of 'charade'
pretenceDictionary, farce, parody
They went through an elaborate charade of pretending they had never met before.
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The election was a farce, as only 22% of voters cast their ballots.
Thesaurus for charade from the Collins English Thesaurus
If you describe someone's actions as a charade , you mean that their actions are so obviously false that they do not convince anyone.