[ US /ˈʃæm/ ]
[ UK /ʃˈæm/ ]
VERB
  1. make believe with the intent to deceive
    He feigned that he was ill
    He shammed a headache
  2. make a pretence of
    She assumed indifference, even though she was seething with anger
    he feigned sleep
ADJECTIVE
  1. adopted in order to deceive
    an assumed name
    a put-on childish voice
    an assumed cheerfulness
    a fictitious address
    fictive sympathy
    sham modesty
    a pretended interest
NOUN
  1. something that is a counterfeit; not what it seems to be
  2. a person who makes deceitful pretenses
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How To Use sham In A Sentence

  • It would be a shame to lose it - it is the landmark of the town centre.
  • It was so obvious they have had contact since NZ and this was a scripted farce to deter us from the fact that Jason Mesnick the most hated man in America and his ice princess walk of shamer Molly WERE CHEATING. Entertainment Weekly's PopWatch
  • He had a bank balance that a senior merchant banker would not be ashamed of.
  • Both the antisense drug and glibenclamide led to 75% reductions in spinal cord lesion volume six weeks after the injury, compared with sham-treated animals, the researchers reported. Social Security Reports, News and Informaion
  • Instead, the selection process became a charade - a complete and utter sham. The Sun
  • To my shame I refused to listen to her side of the story.
  • I peered over. There stood Sir Henry doing nothing less than a 11)tribal war dance of sheer unashamed 12)ecstasy.
  • Supposedly olive oil is the only oil that can be shampooed out. Head Lice and Shame « Colleen Anderson
  • Greek weekly "Proto Thema", an unregretted and shameless Akin stated that he killed Solomou and would do it again if needed. OpEdNews - Diary: Murdering Peace in Derynia
  • The ladies took the stand for the second time during the surrebuttal and again dumped on Lana shamelessly. Guilty Feelings
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