Associations to the word «Pretence»


PRETENCE, noun. (British spelling) An act of pretending or pretension; a false claim or pretext.
PRETENCE, noun. (obsolete) Intention; design.

Dictionary definition

PRETENCE, noun. A false or unsupportable quality.
PRETENCE, noun. An artful or simulated semblance; "under the guise of friendship he betrayed them".
PRETENCE, noun. Pretending with intention to deceive.
PRETENCE, noun. Imaginative intellectual play.
PRETENCE, noun. The act of giving a false appearance; "his conformity was only pretending".

Wise words

Abuse of words has been the great instrument of sophistry and chicanery, of party, faction, and division of society.
John Adams