also pretense AmE noun (singular, uncountable)
1 an attempt to pretend that something is true
(+ that): Susie abandoned the pretence that she didn't want to go to the party. | keep up the pretence of being/doing sth: How long are you going to keep up the pretence of being ill? | under (the) pretence of sth: John waited for her under pretence of tying his shoelaces. | make a pretence of doing sth: Tollitt made no pretence of hiding his surprise.
2 under/on false pretences if you do something under false pretences, you do it by pretending that something is true: Mellors obtained credit under false pretences.
3 no pretence to superiority/faith/education etc no claim that you are superior 1 (4) etc: a simple man, with little pretence to education

Longman dictionary of contemporary English. 2004.

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