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sham

noun [C usually singular] uk   /ʃæm/ disapproving us  
something that is not what it seems to be and is intended to deceive people, or someone who pretends to be something they are not: It turned out that he wasn't a real doctor at all - he was just a sham. They claimed that the election had been fair, but really it was a sham.

sham

verb [I or T] uk   /ʃæm/ (-mm-) disapproving us  
to pretend: He isn't really upset - he's just shamming.

sham

adjective uk   /ʃæm/ disapproving us  
only pretending to be real; false: They made a fortune through some sham property deal. That jewellery looks sham to me. She's trapped in a sham (= not good or satisfying) marriage.
Translations of “sham”
in Spanish farsa, simulacro…
in French imposture, imitation…
in German die Täuschung…
in Chinese (Traditional) 假像, 騙局, 假冒者…
in Russian обман, притворство…
in Turkish düzmece, sahte…
in Chinese (Simplified) 假象, 骗局, 假冒者…
in Polish fikcja, oszustwo…
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