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Synonyms for pretense

the presentation of something false as true

a display of insincere behavior

artificial behavior adopted to impress others

a professed rather than a real reason

a legitimate or supposed right to demand something as one's rightful due

Synonyms for pretense

imaginative intellectual play

a false or unsupportable quality

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an artful or simulated semblance

References in periodicals archive ?
A roofing contractor who failed to replace a customer's roof after promising to do so wasn't guilty of obtaining property by false pretenses, and the prosecutor in the case was out of line when he told a jury that a grand jury had indicted the man, the S.C.
The crackdown will target quacks who move from one place to the other asking for handouts, taking money by false pretense and misrepresentation of facts," said Mr Omwoyo.
The duo, standing trial on a 2-count charge of charge of pretense, conspiracy and stealing pleaded had earlier been arraigned before the court on the 12th of October 2018, where they pleaded not guilty to the charges.
The first title in author John Di Frances' Imroglio' trilogy,"Pretense" fully captures the current rising wave of anti-EU movements Europe and is a suspense thriller that could easily be ripped from tomorrow's newspaper headlines.
But the defense of the lawyers was that Aquino allowing Purisima to join the meeting 'was not, by itself, a pretense or a false misrepresentation as Purisima was lawfully entitled to act as PNP chief at that time.'
Children's Play, Pretense, and Story: Studies in Culture, Context, and Autism Spectrum Disorder
It explored whether the assertions of theorists such as Piaget, Vygotsky, and Erikson regarding the facilitative effect of games with rules and pretense on moral development could be supported in a retrospective longitudinal study.
<![CDATA[ When it comes to Israel, even academics, people who have chosen as their lifeas work scholarly discussion and open inquiry, are perfectly willing to vitiate what the academy is supposed to represent and abandon even the pretense of honest debate.
PNN On Sunday 26th May, Israeli Occupation Forces razed Palestinian-owned land in Hebron and Nablus under the false pretense of "searching for ruins".
Voluntary parting with any property by you or anyone else to whom you have entrusted the property if induced to do so by any fraudulent scheme, trick, device or false pretense.
Imaginative representations are crucial to the generation of action both pretense and plain action.
Nonliteral behaviors involve pretense, and play taxonomies refer to these behaviors as a distinct category.
The front is "always artificial," is "meant for the world's eyes," and offers "a veil and a concealment" while the rear holds the "realities." In short, the front is "show and humbug." Here is McDougall's dominant theme of "pretense."
was charged with obtaining property by false pretense, insurance fraud, and felony conspiracy.