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sham

noun [C usually singular] uk   us   /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.

sham

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

sham

adjective uk   us   /ʃæm/ disapproving
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 Vietnamese sự giả bộ…
in Spanish farsa, simulacro…
in Thai การปลอมแปลง…
in Malaysian kepura-puraan…
in French imposture, imitation…
in German die Täuschung…
in Chinese (Traditional) 假像, 騙局, 假冒者…
in Indonesian kepura-puraan…
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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