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English definition of “pretence”

pretence

noun UK (US pretense)
 
 
/prɪˈtens/
[U] behaviour that makes someone believe something that is not true: I can't keep up the pretence (= continue pretending) any longer. They made absolutely no pretence of being interested.Faking and pretending
under false pretences If you do something under false pretences, you do it when you have lied about who you are or what you are doing: The police charged him with obtaining money under false pretences.DishonestFaking and pretending
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