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Another word for pretense

  1. The presentation of something false as true

  2. A display of insincere behavior

  3. Artificial behavior adopted to impress others

      1. To set forth in words for consideration; propound:
      2. To present or constitute:
      3. To place (a model, for example) in a specific position.
      1. A distinctive behavioral trait, especially one that calls attention to itself; an idiosyncrasy.
      2. Exaggerated or affected style in an art:
      3. An artistic style of the late 1500s characterized by distortion of elements such as scale and perspective.
      1. A colorless, odorless, tasteless, gaseous mixture, mainly nitrogen (approximately 78 percent) and oxygen (approximately 21 percent) with lesser amounts of argon, carbon dioxide, hydrogen, neon, helium, and other gases.
      2. This mixture with varying amounts of moisture and particulate matter, enveloping the earth; the atmosphere.
      3. The sky; the firmament.
      1. A mannerism or habit that is assumed rather than natural, especially to impress others.
      2. Behavior characterized by such mannerisms or habits; artificiality:
  4. A professed rather than a real reason

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  5. A deceptive outward appearance

      1. Pretended; feigned.
      2. A deceptive outward appearance.
      3. The act of teasing or misleading someone, especially for amusement.
      1. Decorative exhibition of retail merchandise in store windows.
      2. Goods and trimmings used in such displays.
      3. A means of improving appearances or creating a falsely favorable impression:
      1. A thin surface layer, as of finely grained wood, glued to a base of inferior material.
      2. Any of the thin layers glued together to make plywood.
      3. A decorative facing, as of brick.
      1. A length of cloth worn over the head, shoulders, and often the face, especially by women.
      2. A length of netting attached to a woman's hat or habit, worn for decoration or to protect the head and face.
      3. A length of protective netting worn over the face by beekeepers.
      1. To cause or allow to be seen; display:
      2. To display for sale, in exhibition, or in competition:
      3. To permit access to (a house, for example) when offering for sale or rent.
      1. An outward or token appearance:
      2. A representation; a copy.
      3. The barest trace; a modicum:
      1. A reason or excuse given to hide the real reason for something.
      1. A costume party at which masks are worn; a masked ball.
      2. A costume for such a party or ball.
      3. A disguise or false outward show; a pretense:
      1. A covering, as of cloth, that has openings for the eyes, entirely or partly conceals the face, and is worn especially at a masquerade ball.
      2. A grotesque or comical representation of a face, worn especially to frighten or amuse, as at Halloween.
      3. A facial covering worn for ritual.
      1. Outward appearance or aspect; semblance.
      2. False appearance; pretense:
      3. Mode of dress; garb:
      1. A surface shininess or luster.
      2. A kind of paint that dries to a shiny finish.
      3. A cosmetic that adds shine or luster, such as lip gloss.
      1. The forward part or surface, as of a building.
      2. The area, location, or position directly before or ahead.
      3. A position of leadership or superiority.
      1. The surface of the front of the head from the top of the forehead to the base of the chin and from ear to ear.
      2. A person:
      3. A person's countenance:
      1. To modify the manner or appearance of (a person, for example) in order to prevent recognition:
      2. To make indistinct or difficult to perceive:
      3. To conceal or obscure by dissemblance or false show; misrepresent:
      1. To place something upon or over, so as to protect or conceal:
      2. To overlay or spread with something:
      3. To put a cover or covering on:
      1. The art, manner, or process of applying color.
      2. A substance used to color something.
      3. Appearance with regard to color.
      1. The appearance of objects or light sources described in terms of the individual's perception of them, involving hue, lightness, and saturation for objects, and hue, brightness, and saturation for light sources.
      2. The characteristics of light by which the individual is made aware of objects or light sources through the receptors of the eye, described in terms of dominant wavelength, luminance, and purity.
      3. A gradation or variation of this aspect, especially when other than black, white, or gray; a hue:
      1. A loose outer garment, such as a cape.
      2. Something that covers or conceals:
      3. To cover or conceal with a cloak or something that acts like a cloak:
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  6. A legitimate or supposed right to demand something as one's rightful due

      1. A claim; rights:
      2. Money, especially in small amounts.
      1. An identifying name given to a book, play, film, musical composition, or other work.
      2. A general or descriptive heading, as of a book chapter.
      3. A written work that is published or about to be published:
      1. A specious allegation; a pretext:
      2. A claim to something, such as a skill or profession:
      3. The advancing of such a claim:
      1. To demand, ask for, or take as one's own or one's due:
      2. To take in a violent manner as if by right:
      3. To state to be true, especially when open to question; assert or maintain:

Another word for pretense

  1. The act of pretending

  2. Something pretended