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pretence

noun [U] uk UK ( US pretense)   /prɪˈtens/ us  
a way of behaving that is intended to deceive people: She made absolutely no pretence of being interested. They kept up (= continued) a pretence of normality as long as they could. The army has given up any pretence of neutrality in the war.
Translations of “pretence”
in Korean 가식…
in Arabic تَظاهُر…
in Portuguese pretenso, tentativa de aparentar…
in Catalan engany, simulació…
in Japanese (英)ふり, 見せかけ…
in Italian finzione…
in Chinese (Traditional) 假裝, 偽稱, 虛偽的表現…
in Russian притворство, обман…
in Turkish sahte tavır, numara, yapmacık…
in Chinese (Simplified) 假装, 伪称, 虚伪的表现…
in Polish pozory, pretekst…
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