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masquerade

noun [C or U]     /ˌmæs.kərˈeɪd/ US  /-kəˈreɪd/
behaviour that is intended to prevent the truth about something unpleasant or not wanted from becoming known: They kept up the masquerade of being happily married for over 30 years.Faking and pretending
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