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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

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Now that the project is entering its final stages, however, the eurofederalists are dropping all pretenses and admitting openly what they previously denied.
Laura Hamilton has the chirpy voice needed to carry the style of Alex Davidson, girl publicist of Hollywood, and just enough of a cynical edge so that the listener understands how much Alex sees through the pretense.
The sexually explicit material--most never before seen, even by scholars--include an apprentice electrician's description of Wilde giving him oral sex, a voluble Savoy Hotel chambermaid's claim that she saw a "rough" lad of about 14 in Wilde's bed, and the testimony of a 20-year-old named Fred Atkins, who states Wilde got him to curl his hair and took him to Paris as a "secretary" but quickly tossed aside any pretense and "made improper proposals.
Pretense and posing melt away when a man succumbs to the warmth of a bouncer's hand touching his chest.
He drops the pretense that he's looking out for anything other than the benefit of his members, and he makes no secret that he'll do whatever it takes to get what he wants.
This is the same high-flying solon who in his first 10 months in office spent tax dollars on close to 300 helicopter rides, many without a pretense of being government-related, at a cost of $1,200 per hour.
Eschewing any pretense to critique - in contrast to those photographers who've attempted to bracket out fashion's starstruck vision to pursue subtexts revealed in the grainy, often black-and-white imagery of the stealthy, oblique shot - Bettina Rheims embraces the convergence between fashion/celebrity photography and art.
On Monday, Burbank resident Tino Lee, 44, and Glendale resident Gina Liz Nicholas, 19, pleaded not guilty to charges of posing as American Red Cross volunteers last month in Burbank and soliciting money under the false pretense that donations would assist victims of Hurricane Katrina.
His rant against a group of Scribes and Pharisees shows that He condemned the same sort of unjust enrichment that the Old Testament prophets denounced: "Woe unto you Scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites; for ye devour widows' houses, and for a pretense make a long prayer.
Few books about spirituality are so devoid of portentousness or pretense.
In the process, they obliterated our confidence in the nation's aviation system, our pretense of safety, our delusion that by winning the Cold War we had achieved peace in our time.
CORRECTION: So incompatible is this legislation with any pretense of fiscal responsibility that a top adviser joked that the president might sign it "by candlelight" to minimize publicity.