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sham

noun [C usually singular]     /ʃæm/ disapproving
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.Faking and pretendingUnpleasant people in generalUnpleasant men
(Definition of sham noun from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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