Another word for pretense
The act of pretending
affectation, misrepresentation, falsification, act, deceit, fabrication, trickery, double-dealing, misstatement, shuffling, falsifying, simulation, excuse, insincerity, profession, ostentation, assumption, dissembling, dissimulation, evasion, equivocation, prevarication, egotism, brazenness, arrogance, dandyism, foppery, servility, toadyism, obsequiousness, sycophancy, cringing, truckling, timeserving, complacency, smugness, priggishness, prudishness, coyness, formality, stiffness, blind*, smoke screen*; see also dishonesty, imitation 1.
gloss, falsehood, lie, falseness, affectedness, affectation, mask, cloak, show, excuse, subterfuge, pretext, fraud, appearance, seeming, semblance, wile, ruse, sham, airs, claim, mannerism; see also deception 1, imitation 2, trick 1.
Another word for pretensenoun
The presentation of something false as true:charade, make-believe. See honest, true
A display of insincere behavior:act, acting, disguise, dissemblance, masquerade, sham, show, simulation. See honest, true
Artificial behavior adopted to impress others:affectation, affectedness, air (used in plural), mannerism, pose. See honest, true
A professed rather than a real reason:pretension, pretext. See honest
A deceptive outward appearance:cloak, color, coloring, cover, disguise, disguisement, faÃ§ade, face, false colors, front, gloss, guise, mask, masquerade, pretext, semblance, show, veil, veneer, window-dressing. (Slang) put-on. See show
A legitimate or supposed right to demand something as one's rightful due:claim, pretension, title. (Slang) dibs. See owned, request