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Synonyms for phoniness

a show or expression of feelings or beliefs one does not actually hold or possess

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Therefore, any perceived falsehood or phoniness in a business (or by the leader of that business) can undermine the confidence that people have in its products and services.
Audiences were refreshed by Letterman's sometimes overt hostility toward celebrities, which came naturally to him, since he had a "sensitive ear for phoniness and canned talking points.
But the core of Ernest Hemingway's significance, the reason why we still read him, lies elsewhere--in the pain sensitive souls suffer "in our time" and face without fakery and phoniness. It is for us to appreciate, despite the melodrama and his occasional descent into self-caricature, what Wallace Stevens himself recognized six years after their fight, calling him "the most significant of living poets, so far as the subject of EXTRAORDINARY ACTUALITY."
"A lot of people talk about the phoniness of Hollywood, and how nobody has your back.
"This whole thing with Trump exposed a phoniness that many people believed was clear from the beginning but now more people can see for themselves."
He wrote about the phoniness of the world that surrounded him, and that lit the fire within him to just write what he thought was a more truthful depiction of the world,' he said of the author of 'The Catcher in the Rye,' which is deemed one of the 20th century's most important pieces of literature.
We have them draft "I can do X, Y, and Z" testimonials that foist an "adult-centric sense of personal agency on kindergarteners who really couldn't care less if they can 'use and understand verbs and adjectives by knowing their opposites.'" Some of the curriculum packages get downright manipulative, such as the one having teachers begin a lesson with, "Have you ever been happy?" and begin the next day with, "Have you ever been sad?"--an approach sure to produce bafflement and phoniness.
However, the use of personal, shared communications can leave an impression of phoniness. (How many times, upon receiving some chummy introduction to a transmitted announcement, have I found myself, similar to some high-in-the-instep stickler, mumbling, "And who, sirrah, gave you the right to call me by my first name?") And the feedback that you get can go out just as quickly to the target community and persist as messages link into threads.
In ancient times, Ecclesiastes advised that "it is better to go to a house of mourning than to a house of feasting, for death is the destiny of everyone; the living should take this to heart" [7:2]--or, as Heidegger, would have it, if we want to experience "eigentlichkeit," if we want to be truly alive, we should spend more time in graveyards and less time with "das Gerede," the hollow prattle of cocktail parties, the dull droning of infotainment, the insipid babble of "reality" television, and other such fearful phenomena of Salingerian phoniness. And in modern times, Billy Graham's message, says Professor Robert P.
Chaves just objects to the phoniness, pretending players are transferring for one reason - to pursue a graduate degree in a program not offered at their current institution - when they're actually transferring to further their athletics careers.
And of course, given the general phoniness, one hesitates to believe the important stuff, e.g.
Daum starts off with the searing "Matricide," in which she recalls her fraught relationship with her now-deceased mother, a woman she calls a "flashy, imperious, hyperbolic theater person" with a "phoniness that I was allergic to on every level." Unspeakable, indeed.
(15) The impostor phenomenon, prevalent among high-achieving women, was first described as the perception of oneself as having an "intellectual phoniness." (5,6) Although studies report that men also experience the phenomenon, the impostor phenomenon's characteristics have a more deleterious effect upon a woman's career.
We are thus encouraged to admire the works' hard-earned illusionism as well as their candid phoniness. Rothkopf has essentially removed his own hand from curation, calling attention--unwittingly or not --to the galleries' and the museum's roles as arbiters of aesthetic ordination.