Definition of 'pretence'
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Eyebrows were often raised when a player would disappear suddenly from the tour, sometimes under false pretence. Times, Sunday Times (2016)This call for honesty, the dropping of macho pretence, is central. Times, Sunday Times (2016)But I'm abandoning the pretence. Times, Sunday Times (2016)Some of its leading figures no longer maintain the pretence that outright victory is possible. Times, Sunday Times (2010)It makes no pretence about what it does. Times, Sunday Times (2015)We did not need any persuading to give up the pretence of sleep at the earliest possible moment. THE LAST OF THE GENTLEMEN ADVENTURERS: Coming of Age in the Arctic (2004)It was a day when the regime abandoned its pretence of letting the media report what was happening. Times, Sunday Times (2011)In love, drop any pretence and find the harmony you need. The Sun (2012)On my last day, we abandoned all pretence of tourism and spent the day at my hotel. Times, Sunday Times (2013)Now it has dropped any pretence at being a game, ironically becoming a lot more fun in the process. The Sun (2013)It's given up the pretence of being from anyone's kitchen. Times, Sunday Times (2010)To maintain pretence, she pays 60,000 in tax. Times, Sunday Times (2010)Like his predecessor, he maintains a pretence that the judiciary is independent of the Kremlin. Times, Sunday Times (2008)I make no pretence that the points raised can be taken in their entirety and applied to people whose culture or background is completely different. Growing Through Loss and Grief (1994)My answer the other day had not been entirely honest, for it was no use maintaining the pretence that my coming departure was a matter of chance. THE LAST OF THE GENTLEMEN ADVENTURERS: Coming of Age in the Arctic (2004)The tunes make no pretence at being high art; this is meat and potatoes, served with a hot sauce. Times, Sunday Times (2007)That way he could abandon any pretence of loyalty to the book and invent all the Game of Thrones characters he wanted. Times, Sunday Times (2013)We have had to take ourselves seriously in the past few years, maintaining the pretence of wanting to be a top-four club. Times, Sunday Times (2008)It's also incredibly insensitive that he offers you unsolicited counselling - he should have the grace to maintain the pretence of secrecy. Times, Sunday Times (2016)And so begins a deadly war of social one-upmanship, with both maintaining the pretence that no such war is actually taking place. Times, Sunday Times (2014)We should give up the pretence, take holidays for their own sake, and restore some dignity to the nominal purpose of existing national holidays. Times, Sunday Times (2006)And so begins a deadly war of social one-upmanship, with both maintaining the pretence that no such war is taking place in the first place. Times, Sunday Times (2014)I tried to maintain a pretence after my release and acted as though I were fine. Times, Sunday Times (2014)
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Translations for 'pretence'
British English: pretence NOUN
A pretence is an action or way of behaving that is intended to make people believe something that is not true.
He made a pretence of writing a note in his pad.
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