Meaning of “pretence” in the English Dictionary

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"pretence" in British English

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pretencenoun [ U ]

UK US pretense uk /prɪˈtens/ us /prɪˈtens/

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.

(Definition of “pretence” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)