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pretence

noun [U] uk (US usually 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.
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