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Synonyms for pretence

Synonyms for pretence

a false or unsupportable quality

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an artful or simulated semblance

imaginative intellectual play

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The Vicar's frankness seemed not of the repulsive sort that comes from an uneasy consciousness seeking to forestall the judgment of others, but simply the relief of a desire to do with as little pretence as possible.
Somerfield stopped for a minute, under pretence of seeking some change, and tore open his paper.
cries Rosa, in a quite spontaneous manner, and without the least pretence of reserve.
Just as I had got my white waistcoat on, Penelope presented herself at my toilet, on pretence of brushing what little hair I have got left, and improving the tie of my white cravat.
Bounderby, no: you know I make no pretence with you.
I must say now - even at the hazard of appearing to make a pretence, and of justly awakening your incredulity - yes.
Among her connections and acquaintances, however, she maintained her individual dignity and the dignity of the blood of the Barnacles, by diligently nursing the pretence that it was a most unfortunate business; that she was sadly cut up by it; that this was a perfect fascination under which Henry laboured; that she had opposed it for a long time, but what could a mother do; and the like.
And I believe I know (indeed, not to make any ridiculous pretence about it, I know I know) who sustains you in it, Mr Merdle.
In an instant, the lad entered the room adjoining, and, under pretence of snuffing the candle, moved it in the required position, and, speaking to the girl, caused her to raise her face.
Twemlow; blessed release for the dear man if she really was his daughter, nervous even under the pretence that she is, well he may be.
If, when those infernal finger-marks were on the white and breathless countenance of Alfred Lammle, Esquire, they denoted that he conceived the purpose of subduing his dear wife Mrs Alfred Lammle, by at once divesting her of any lingering reality or pretence of self-respect, the purpose would seem to have been presently executed.
Presently Mr Witherden, smelling very hard at the nosegay, came to the window and looked at him, and after that Mr Abel came and looked at him, and after that the old gentleman and lady came and looked at him again, and after that they all came and looked at him together, which Kit, feeling very much embarrassed by, made a pretence of not observing.
LAHORE -- Ombudsman Punjab Javed Mahmood on Wednesday ordered the DCO Lahore to take action against the members of Dengue Squad who tease girls in pretence of inspecting school.
The mum-of-two said Pretence Caf and Wine Bar will open for the final time on Saturday.
Former Tory Party chairman Lord Tebbit said: "I wouldn't want anything done to add to the pretence that a civil partnership is a marriage.