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Meaning of PRETENSE

Pronunciation:  'pree`tens

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  the act of giving a false appearance; "his conformity was only pretending"
  2. [n]  an artful or simulated semblance; "under the guise of friendship he betrayed them"
  3. [n]  a false or unsupportable quality
  4. [n]  imaginative intellectual play
  5. [n]  pretending with intention to deceive

PRETENSE is a 8 letter word that starts with P.


 Synonyms: dissembling, feigning, feigning, guise, make-believe, pretence, pretence, pretence, pretence, pretending, pretension, pretext, simulation
 See Also: affectation, appearance, artificiality, bluff, color, colour, deceit, deceit, deception, deception, dissembling, dissimulation, hypocrisy, imagery, imagination, imaging, lip service, make-believe, mannerism, masquerade, mental imagery, misrepresentation, pose, pretext, semblance, show, stalking-horse



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Pre*tense"\, Pretence \Pre*tence\, n. [LL. praetensus,
for L. praetentus, p. p. of praetendere. See {Pretend}, and
cf. {Tension}.]
1. The act of laying claim; the claim laid; assumption;
   pretension. --Spenser.

         Primogeniture can not have any pretense to a right
         of solely inheriting property or power. --Locke.

         I went to Lambeth with Sir R. Brown's pretense to
         the wardenship of Merton College, Oxford. --Evelyn.

2. The act of holding out, or offering, to others something
   false or feigned; presentation of what is deceptive or
   hypocritical; deception by showing what is unreal and
   concealing what is real; false show; simulation; as,
   pretense of illness; under pretense of patriotism; on
   pretense of revenging C[ae]sar's death.

3. That which is pretended; false, deceptive, or hypocritical
   show, argument, or reason; pretext; feint.

         Let not the Trojans, with a feigned pretense Of
         proffered peace, delude the Latian prince. --Dryden.

4. Intention; design. [Obs.]

         A very pretense and purpose of unkindness. --Shak.

Note: See the {Note} under {Offense}.

Syn: Mask; appearance; color; show; pretext; excuse.

Usage: {Pretense}, {Pretext}. A pretense is something held
       out as real when it is not so, thus falsifying the
       truth. A pretext is something woven up in order to
       cover or conceal one's true motives, feelings, or
       reasons. Pretext is often, but not always, used in a
       bad sense.