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Meaning of SHAM

Pronunciation:  shum

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  something that is a counterfeit; not what it seems to be
  2. [n]  a person who makes deceitful pretenses
  3. [adj]  adopted in order to deceive; "an assumed name"; "an assumed cheerfulness"; "a fictitious address"; "fictive sympathy"; "a pretended interest"; "a put-on childish voice"; "sham modesty"
  4. [v]  make believe; "He feigned that he was ill"; "He shammed a headache"
  5. [v]  make a pretence of; "She assumed indifference, even though she was seething with anger"; "he feigned sleep"

SHAM is a 4 letter word that starts with S.


 Synonyms: affect, assume, assumed, counterfeit, dissemble, fake, fake, faker, false, feign, feign, fictitious, fictive, fraud, imitative, imposter, impostor, postiche, pretend, pretended, pretender, pseud, pseudo, put on, role player, shammer, simulate
 See Also: act, beguiler, belie, bull, bullshit, cheat, cheater, counterfeit, deceiver, dissemble, fake, fake book, feint, forgery, imitation, misrepresent, mouth, namedropper, play, play possum, pretend, ringer, slicker, take a dive, trickster



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Sham\, n. [Originally the same word as shame, hence, a
    disgrace, a trick. See {Shame}, n.]
    1. That which deceives expectation; any trick, fraud, or
       device that deludes and disappoint; a make-believe;
       delusion; imposture, humbug. ``A mere sham.'' --Bp.
             Believe who will the solemn sham, not I. --Addison.
    2. A false front, or removable ornamental covering.
    {Pillow sham}, a covering to be laid on a pillow.
  2. \Sham\, a.
    False; counterfeit; pretended; feigned; unreal; as, a sham
          They scorned the sham independence proffered to them by
          the Athenians.                           --Jowett
  3. \Sham\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Shammed}; p. pr. & vb. n.
    1. To trick; to cheat; to deceive or delude with false
             Fooled and shammed into a conviction. --L'Estrange.
    2. To obtrude by fraud or imposition. [R.]
             We must have a care that we do not . . . sham
             fallacies upon the world for current reason.
    3. To assume the manner and character of; to imitate; to ape;
       to feign.
    {To sham Abram} or {Abraham}, to feign sickness; to malinger.
       Hence a malingerer is called, in sailors' cant, Sham
       Abram, or Sham Abraham.
  4. \Sham\, v. i.
    To make false pretenses; to deceive; to feign; to impose.
          Wondering . . . whether those who lectured him were
          such fools as they professed to be, or were only
          shamming.                                --Macaulay.