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English definition of “sham”

sham

noun [C usually sing]  /ʃæm/ us  
someone or something that is falsely represented, esp. as being important or powerful: I thought the meeting was a total sham and a waste of time.

sham

adjective [not gradable]  /ʃæm/ us  
pretended; not real: a sham battle
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