pretense vs pretence

pretense pretence

Definitions

  • 1) An insincere attempt to reach a specific condition or quality.
  • 2) Intention or purpose not real but professed.
  • 3) An unsupported claim made or implied.
  • 4) US A false or hypocritical profession, as, under pretense of friendliness.
  • 5) The quality or state of being pretentious; ostentation.
  • 6) A false appearance or action intended to deceive.
  • 7) A false or studied show; an affectation.
  • 8) Something imagined or pretended.
  • 9) A professed but feigned reason or excuse; a pretext.
  • 10) A claim or assertion to a right, especially a false one.
  • 11) obsolete Intention; design.
  • 12) That which is pretended; false, deceptive, or hypocritical show, argument, or reason; pretext; feint.
  • 13) The act of laying claim; the claim laid; assumption; pretension.
  • 14) 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
  • 15) a false or unsupportable quality
  • 16) pretending with intention to deceive
  • 17) imaginative intellectual play
  • 18) the act of giving a false appearance
  • 19) an artful or simulated semblance
  • 20) A claim; a right asserted, with or without foundation.
  • 21) Pretension; aspiration; the putting forth of a claim, particularly to merit, dignity, or personal worth; pretentiousness.
  • 22) An intention; a design; a purpose.
  • 23) That under cover of which an actual design or meaning is concealed; a pretext.
  • 24) The act of pretending, or putting forward something to conceal the true state of affairs, and thus to deceive; hence, the representation of that which does not exist; simulation; feigning; a false or hypocritical show; a sham.

Definitions

  • 1) British An act of pretending or pretension; a false claim or pretext.
  • 2) a false or unsupportable quality
  • 3) pretending with intention to deceive
  • 4) imaginative intellectual play
  • 5) the act of giving a false appearance
  • 6) an artful or simulated semblance
  • 7) See pretense.

Examples

  • 1) "She could no longer keep up a pretense of bonhomie: his tone was irritating her.
  • 2) They'd not brought him the head simply to humor him, though that might be their pretense.
  • 3) Of course, once he spoke of Lulu, all pretense was abandoned.
  • 4) Another article in the "mainstream" media criticizing President Obama, in which the pretense is about an "open media" and "transparency," but the subtext is obvious – racism, pure and simple.
  • 5) The free enterprise pretense is today, again, providing profit to a small number of people and corporations.
  • 6) What should they have done, one of those fake long sloppy kisses in pretense done by couples that probably haven't touched each other in years?
  • 7) There are people out there who, in pretense of a dark cloud around him are hiding their racist attitudes and I hope you are not one of them.
  • 8) But the biggest pretense is that Georgia is supported by the West.
  • 9) I could think of no better way to communicate than with a poem, where pretense is stripped away, leaving only what is beautiful and vital.
  • 10) The pretense is the result of terror of rejection, just as it is in the Middle Class form, though reasons for possible rejection are worlds apart from the Middle Class conditioning.
  • 11) In many Middle Class homes the pretense is enforced as hard or harder than it is in public, in an effort to "prepare one for the big bad world".
  • 12) That's the sound of hot air escaping after pretense is punctured by a pointed question.
  • 13) ‘He had circled around to come to the village by the south, on the pretence of making it appear that he was headed for Kaye.’
  • 14) ‘Secondly during the course of the negotiations he put forward the pretence about the attempts to obtain finance.’
  • 15) ‘At least in recent years the Federal Government has abandoned the pretence of supporting the UN target while making no genuine attempt to achieve it.’
  • 16) ‘Were I lying, then I would simply bestow upon you some vague time in the future, so as to draw things out for pretenses and falsehoods.’
  • 17) ‘The man promises to tell his son of her visit and, keeping up the pretence, goes to a masked ball under the guise of his ‘son’.’
  • 18) ‘She claimed that Proctors had cancelled lectures on the pretence of security fears in a deliberate attempt to divide student opinion.’
  • 19) ‘Or else a fall from the pretence, or realization of the true circumstances, may be a greater jarring of the spirits than the status quo.’
  • 20) ‘One of the nice things about this world is that, when the screwers talk to the screwed, they've abandoned the current pretense of pretending it's for the screwed's own good.’
  • 21) ‘The peace-seeking pretense was dripping with charade in the months before the invasion.’
  • 22) ‘In so doing, all nine justices recognized that a dead person retains an interest in a good reputation - shattering the common pretense that this was not true.’
  • 23) ‘This utterly engaging and thoroughly likeable book masquerades under the pretence of being a search for ‘the perfect meal’.’
  • 24) ‘The suggestion that people are arbitrarily reliving the past and exploiting it under the pretense of creating art strikes her as an affront.’
  • 25) ‘He scares me and I release my gaze and move over to the mirror with the pretence of adjusting my appearance.’
  • 26) ‘However, in those circumstances, the whole scheme would be a sham and a pretence.’
  • 27) ‘All the players involved in this charade understand they are acting on the flimsiest of pretenses; it's just that relying on polls is so much easier than actually reporting or leading.’
  • 28) ‘Hyper-tokenism embraces the widely accepted notion that we are all pretending, and further insinuates that pretenses can be more or less complete, more or less willed.’
  • 29) ‘In lucid prose, he shreds pretenses and pretexts and demands consistent, bright lines.’
  • 30) ‘This is music to play when you're at the cottage, when all your defenses and pretenses are left back in the city.’
  • 31) ‘After all its just a thrown together bunch of experiences with the narrowest of pretenses holding it all together.’
  • 32) ‘Marriage has been reduced to the necessary pretenses of true love.’
  • 33) ‘They'll put on the usual pretenses of being happy to be there, and all, but I know it's all a facade.’
  • 34) ‘It appears that the communicative competence is better displayed when children engage in pretense situations.’
  • 35) ‘This gap refers to the lack of opportunities to engage in pretense and exploration with language that occurs through free play in the classroom.’
  • 36) ‘‘I once told a massager he had magic hands, that was embarrassing,’ I blurted, without thought to set up the background of my story or pretence.’
  • 37) ‘These people are all engaged in a game of pretence.’
  • 38) ‘But true appreciation of wine derives from the realization that it is meant to be shared with those around us, without pretense or affectation, in proper measure, and as an enhancement to our lives.’
  • 39) ‘And a waiting moment was enough - she and I yet again flinging every possible limit aside, deciding on all manner of pretense and affectation.’
  • 40) ‘Besides, he has no tolerance for the pomp, pageantry and pretense of the whole show.’
  • 41) ‘It means that we let go of posturing and pretence and live simply as we are, in truth, at ease with ourselves and with others, not having to worry about who's up or who's down, who's in or who's out.’
  • 42) ‘The walk would be an in-the-flesh demonstration, without pomp and pretence, as to just how in touch with real life our officials at City Hall are, or are not.’
  • 43) ‘The novel is also natural in the sense of man's everyday life, done without pretence and pose.’
  • 44) ‘A country that wants to see real improvements in real services - not posturing and pretence.’
  • 45) ‘Ten years passing only heightens his status as a true street poet, devoid of current bling-bling pretense and full of scathing wit and sharp charm.’
  • 46) ‘There's no self-glorification and no hard-sell behind London's brightest young things, no pomp and no pretence.’
  • 47) ‘The former live their lives within a rigid moralism and behavioral codes and have a supercilious social pretense.’
  • 48) ‘In this regard, the menace of bio-terrorism can be seen as usefully clarifying, since it eliminates all pretence to political legitimacy and announces itself starkly as a planetary scourge.’
  • 49) ‘In using the term ‘horrifying’, I am not including am-dram productions of The King and I, which never had any serious pretense to quality.’
  • 50) ‘The real scandal is that a newspaper that once had some pretense to quality now prints ignorant drivel like this.’
  • 51) ‘I'm looking to be entertained: boredom, tedium is the worst literary or filmic sin, and cannot be excused by a pretence to some spurious intellectual superiority.’
  • 52) ‘As in the previous volume, any pretence to scholarship goes out the window when no specific source is given for the great majority of quotations or the books from which analysis is drawn.’
  • 53) ‘Describing the film as a reflection of life in present India, the film-maker points out that the roles the characters play within the film become their masks and pretence to higher moral ground.’
  • 54) ‘One seductive resolution to this conundrum is to abandon all pretence to scientific neutrality.’
  • 55) ‘At the same time, she would inscribe a self that is so multiple and mutable as to subvert, by its very nature, any pretence to stability - much less the transcendence of a single identity.’
  • 56) ‘Finding the enclosures is made more difficult by the sixty odd additions made since the opening, none of which makes any pretence to architectural merit.’
  • 57) ‘Thus he dismissed as insubstantial any pretence to an absolute form of knowledge, which seeks to soar above the resistant medium of experience.’
  • 58) ‘It allows the creative subject to be transformed in and by versions of reality as a result of giving up the pretence to creative autonomy.’

Examples

  • 1) Eyebrows were often raised when a player would disappear suddenly from the tour, sometimes under false pretence.
  • 2) This call for honesty, the dropping of macho pretence, is central.
  • 3) But I'm abandoning the pretence.
  • 4) Some of its leading figures no longer maintain the pretence that outright victory is possible.
  • 5) It makes no pretence about what it does.
  • 6) We did not need any persuading to give up the pretence of sleep at the earliest possible moment.
  • 7) It was a day when the regime abandoned its pretence of letting the media report what was happening.
  • 8) In love, drop any pretence and find the harmony you need.
  • 9) On my last day, we abandoned all pretence of tourism and spent the day at my hotel.
  • 10) Now it has dropped any pretence at being a game, ironically becoming a lot more fun in the process.
  • 11) It's given up the pretence of being from anyone's kitchen.
  • 12) To maintain pretence, she pays 60,000 in tax.
  • 13) Like his predecessor, he maintains a pretence that the judiciary is independent of the Kremlin.
  • 14) I make no pretence that the points raised can be taken in their entirety and applied to people whose culture or background is completely different.
  • 15) My answer the other day had not been entirely honest, for it was no use maintaining the pretence that my coming departure was a matter of chance.
  • 16) The tunes make no pretence at being high art; this is meat and potatoes, served with a hot sauce.
  • 17) That way he could abandon any pretence of loyalty to the book and invent all the Game of Thrones characters he wanted.
  • 18) We have had to take ourselves seriously in the past few years, maintaining the pretence of wanting to be a top-four club.
  • 19) It's also incredibly insensitive that he offers you unsolicited counselling - he should have the grace to maintain the pretence of secrecy.
  • 20) And so begins a deadly war of social one-upmanship, with both maintaining the pretence that no such war is actually taking place.
  • 21) We should give up the pretence, take holidays for their own sake, and restore some dignity to the nominal purpose of existing national holidays.
  • 22) And so begins a deadly war of social one-upmanship, with both maintaining the pretence that no such war is taking place in the first place.
  • 23) I tried to maintain a pretence after my release and acted as though I were fine.
  • 24) WORDS ACCENTED ON THE LAST SYLLABLE: address _address'_ adept _adept'_ adult _adult'_ ally _ally'_ commandant _commandänt '(ä as in arm) _ contour _contour'_ dessert _dessert'_ dilate _dilate'_ excise _eksiz'_ finance _finance'_ grimace _grimace'_ importune _importune'_ occult _occult'_ pretence _pretence'_ research _research'_ robust _robust'_ romance _romance'_ tirade _tirade'_
  • 25) Image/pretence is everything. on April 24, 2008 at 9: 34 am | Reply Dan
  • 26) The pretence is to negotiate; the purpose is to separate.
  • 27) There’s a bad kind, where the pretence is instead of the real thing, as when a man pretends he’s going to help you instead of really helping you.
  • 28) The wary servant, seeing that he was watched, turned to the wall, under a certain pretence, tore his letters into the smallest possible pieces, and threw them behind the door.
  • 29) The former was, in pretence, the latter was, in truth, at the bottom of this tradition.
  • 30) Naturally, that is, sincerely, and not in pretence only: with a willing heart and upright view, so agreeably to the make of his mind.
  • 31) What reward can those expect who preach Christ out of strife, and envy, and contention, and to add affliction to a faithful minister's bonds? who preach in pretence, and not in truth?
  • 32) Or when they came to enquire of the prophet they pretended to put away their idols, but it was in pretence only; they still had a secret reserve for them.
  • 33) Note, the sincere and serious beggars at Christ's door commonly meet with the worst rebukes from those that follow him but in pretence and hypocrisy.
  • 34) ‘He had circled around to come to the village by the south, on the pretence of making it appear that he was headed for Kaye.’
  • 35) ‘Secondly during the course of the negotiations he put forward the pretence about the attempts to obtain finance.’
  • 36) ‘At least in recent years the Federal Government has abandoned the pretence of supporting the UN target while making no genuine attempt to achieve it.’
  • 37) ‘Were I lying, then I would simply bestow upon you some vague time in the future, so as to draw things out for pretenses and falsehoods.’
  • 38) ‘The man promises to tell his son of her visit and, keeping up the pretence, goes to a masked ball under the guise of his ‘son’.’
  • 39) ‘She claimed that Proctors had cancelled lectures on the pretence of security fears in a deliberate attempt to divide student opinion.’
  • 40) ‘Or else a fall from the pretence, or realization of the true circumstances, may be a greater jarring of the spirits than the status quo.’
  • 41) ‘One of the nice things about this world is that, when the screwers talk to the screwed, they've abandoned the current pretense of pretending it's for the screwed's own good.’
  • 42) ‘The peace-seeking pretense was dripping with charade in the months before the invasion.’
  • 43) ‘In so doing, all nine justices recognized that a dead person retains an interest in a good reputation - shattering the common pretense that this was not true.’
  • 44) ‘This utterly engaging and thoroughly likeable book masquerades under the pretence of being a search for ‘the perfect meal’.’
  • 45) ‘The suggestion that people are arbitrarily reliving the past and exploiting it under the pretense of creating art strikes her as an affront.’
  • 46) ‘He scares me and I release my gaze and move over to the mirror with the pretence of adjusting my appearance.’
  • 47) ‘However, in those circumstances, the whole scheme would be a sham and a pretence.’
  • 48) ‘All the players involved in this charade understand they are acting on the flimsiest of pretenses; it's just that relying on polls is so much easier than actually reporting or leading.’
  • 49) ‘Hyper-tokenism embraces the widely accepted notion that we are all pretending, and further insinuates that pretenses can be more or less complete, more or less willed.’
  • 50) ‘In lucid prose, he shreds pretenses and pretexts and demands consistent, bright lines.’
  • 51) ‘This is music to play when you're at the cottage, when all your defenses and pretenses are left back in the city.’
  • 52) ‘After all its just a thrown together bunch of experiences with the narrowest of pretenses holding it all together.’
  • 53) ‘Marriage has been reduced to the necessary pretenses of true love.’
  • 54) ‘They'll put on the usual pretenses of being happy to be there, and all, but I know it's all a facade.’
  • 55) ‘It appears that the communicative competence is better displayed when children engage in pretense situations.’
  • 56) ‘This gap refers to the lack of opportunities to engage in pretense and exploration with language that occurs through free play in the classroom.’
  • 57) ‘‘I once told a massager he had magic hands, that was embarrassing,’ I blurted, without thought to set up the background of my story or pretence.’
  • 58) ‘These people are all engaged in a game of pretence.’
  • 59) ‘But true appreciation of wine derives from the realization that it is meant to be shared with those around us, without pretense or affectation, in proper measure, and as an enhancement to our lives.’
  • 60) ‘And a waiting moment was enough - she and I yet again flinging every possible limit aside, deciding on all manner of pretense and affectation.’
  • 61) ‘Besides, he has no tolerance for the pomp, pageantry and pretense of the whole show.’
  • 62) ‘It means that we let go of posturing and pretence and live simply as we are, in truth, at ease with ourselves and with others, not having to worry about who's up or who's down, who's in or who's out.’
  • 63) ‘The walk would be an in-the-flesh demonstration, without pomp and pretence, as to just how in touch with real life our officials at City Hall are, or are not.’
  • 64) ‘The novel is also natural in the sense of man's everyday life, done without pretence and pose.’
  • 65) ‘A country that wants to see real improvements in real services - not posturing and pretence.’
  • 66) ‘Ten years passing only heightens his status as a true street poet, devoid of current bling-bling pretense and full of scathing wit and sharp charm.’
  • 67) ‘There's no self-glorification and no hard-sell behind London's brightest young things, no pomp and no pretence.’
  • 68) ‘The former live their lives within a rigid moralism and behavioral codes and have a supercilious social pretense.’
  • 69) ‘In this regard, the menace of bio-terrorism can be seen as usefully clarifying, since it eliminates all pretence to political legitimacy and announces itself starkly as a planetary scourge.’
  • 70) ‘In using the term ‘horrifying’, I am not including am-dram productions of The King and I, which never had any serious pretense to quality.’
  • 71) ‘The real scandal is that a newspaper that once had some pretense to quality now prints ignorant drivel like this.’
  • 72) ‘I'm looking to be entertained: boredom, tedium is the worst literary or filmic sin, and cannot be excused by a pretence to some spurious intellectual superiority.’
  • 73) ‘As in the previous volume, any pretence to scholarship goes out the window when no specific source is given for the great majority of quotations or the books from which analysis is drawn.’
  • 74) ‘Describing the film as a reflection of life in present India, the film-maker points out that the roles the characters play within the film become their masks and pretence to higher moral ground.’
  • 75) ‘One seductive resolution to this conundrum is to abandon all pretence to scientific neutrality.’
  • 76) ‘At the same time, she would inscribe a self that is so multiple and mutable as to subvert, by its very nature, any pretence to stability - much less the transcendence of a single identity.’
  • 77) ‘Finding the enclosures is made more difficult by the sixty odd additions made since the opening, none of which makes any pretence to architectural merit.’
  • 78) ‘Thus he dismissed as insubstantial any pretence to an absolute form of knowledge, which seeks to soar above the resistant medium of experience.’
  • 79) ‘It allows the creative subject to be transformed in and by versions of reality as a result of giving up the pretence to creative autonomy.’
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