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Meaning of PRETENDER

Pronunciation:  pri'tendur

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  a person who professes beliefs and opinions that they do not hold
  2. [n]  a person who makes deceitful pretenses
  3. [n]  a claimant to the throne or to the office of ruler (usually without just title)

PRETENDER is a 9 letter word that starts with P.


 Synonyms: dissembler, fake, faker, fraud, hypocrite, imposter, impostor, phoney, phony, pseud, pseudo, role player, sham, shammer
 See Also: beguiler, charmer, cheat, cheater, claimant, deceiver, namedropper, ringer, slicker, smoothie, smoothy, sweet talker, Tartufe, Tartuffe, trickster, whited sepulcher, whited sepulchre



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Pre*tend"er\, n.
1. One who lays claim, or asserts a title (to something); a
   claimant. Specifically, The pretender (Eng. Hist.), the
   son or the grandson of James II., the heir of the royal
   family of Stuart, who laid claim to the throne of Great
   Britain, from which the house was excluded by law.

         It is the shallow, unimproved intellects that are
         the confident pretenders to certainty. --Glanvill.

2. One who pretends, simulates, or feigns.