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Synonyms for pretend

Synonyms for pretend

to take on or give a false appearance of

to behave affectedly or insincerely or take on a false or misleading appearance of

to claim or allege insincerely or falsely

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to contrive and present as genuine

to have the courage to put forward, as an idea, especially when rebuff or criticism is likely

made to imitate something else

Synonyms for pretend

the enactment of a pretense

behave unnaturally or affectedly

put forward a claim and assert right or possession of

put forward, of a guess, in spite of possible refutation

represent fictitiously, as in a play, or pretend to be or act like

state insincerely

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imagined as in a play

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References in classic literature ?
'Now, be a good-tempered Eddy, and pretend. And so you are engaged?'
They pretended to roll the cloth off the looms; cut the air with their scissors; and sewed with needles without any thread in them.
The Emperor was accordingly undressed, and the rogues pretended to array him in his new suit; the Emperor turning round, from side to side, before the looking glass.
The lords of the bedchamber, who were to carry his Majesty's train felt about on the ground, as if they were lifting up the ends of the mantle; and pretended to be carrying something; for they would by no means betray anything like simplicity, or unfitness for their office.
Also in one place more where he went, the woman had the courage, however strange it was, to say No; and he could try nowhere but he was reproached with his pride, and that he pretended not to give the women leave to inquire into his character, and the like.
With that she told him what she had heard, or rather raised herself by my means, of his character; his not having paid for the part he pretended to own of the ship he commanded; of the resolution of his owners to put him out of the command, and to put his mate in his stead; and of the scandal raised on his morals; his having been reproached with such-and-such women, and having a wife at Plymouth and in the West Indies, and the like; and she asked him whether he could deny that she had good reason, if these things were not cleared up, to refuse him, and in the meantime to insist upon having satisfaction in points to significant as they were.
After these things this young lady played her part so well, that though she resolved to have him, and that indeed having him was the main bent of her design, yet she made his obtaining her be to him the most difficult thing in the world; and this she did, not by a haughty reserved carriage, but by a just policy, turning the tables upon him, and playing back upon him his own game; for as he pretended, by a kind of lofty carriage, to place himself above the occasion of a character, and to make inquiring into his character a kind of an affront to him, she broke with him upon that subject, and at the same time that she make him submit to all possible inquiry after his affairs, she apparently shut the door against his looking into her own.
Nothing is more certain than that the ladies always gain of the men by keeping their ground, and letting their pretended lovers see they can resent being slighted, and that they are not afraid of saying No.
This was my man; but I was to try him to the bottom, and indeed in that consisted my safety; for if he baulked, I knew I was undone, as surely as he was undone if he took me; and if I did not make some scruple about his fortune, it was the way to lead him to raise some about mine; and first, therefore, I pretended on all occasions to doubt his sincerity, and told him, perhaps he only courted me for my fortune.
They have real glasses and real wine of three kinds, namely, blackthorn wine, berberris wine, and cowslip wine, and the Queen pours out, but the bottles are so heavy that she just pretends to pour out.
For transporting us beyond Seas to be tried for pretended offences:
"Monsieur le protonotare," asked Gauchère, "what do you prognosticate of this pretended foundling?"
'The sister of PM Imran Aleema Khan, despite admitting assets of billion of rupees in abroad, pretend as innocent and only paying the penalty she escaped,' Maram Nawaz alleged in her reaction on micro-blogging website Twitter.
in partnership with Florida Institute of Technology, announces the launch of a new two-part continuing education course on teaching pretend and imaginative play skills.
Pretend play entails symbolizing invisible objects and changing times, spaces, roles, and objects.