Definition of pretended in English:



  • Not genuine; assumed.

    ‘eating ice cream with pretended unconcern’
    • ‘All the holiness of their lives, I now saw, was merely pretended.’
    • ‘Even pretended disinterest can destroy thought, or pretended interest can give room for ideas to coalesce.’
    • ‘And he is telling us today with pretended pride that he will do it all over again.’
    • ‘When he tried her fidelity by telling her pretended secrets, she divulged them in gossip with the servants.’
    • ‘As the subject increased the imaginary voltage, the man who was supposed to have his memory improved screamed in pretended pain.’
    • ‘While his heart thumped eagerly he went with slow and pretended reluctance back to the old desk.’
    • ‘In summary, some pretended joy and some very unhappy people.’
    • ‘His whole behavior gives color to the supposition that he was the accomplice of a pretended death.’
    • ‘At each execution of a traitor, or pretended such, anguish seizes the survivors.’
    • ‘Honest dissent is better by far than pretended assent.’
    • ‘I accept no responsibility whatsoever for any psychological traumas, mishaps, misfortunes, or bad karma alleged to result from viewing this site, whether real, imaginary or pretended.’
    • ‘She divided the bun in half, giving him the largest portion, and was rewarded with a bit of pretended reluctance and a big smile.’
    • ‘The pretended purpose of it was to encourage the manufactures, and to increase the commerce of Great Britain.’
    • ‘These pretended journeys to France were rather cumbrous.’
    • ‘Suzie's crew invaded the stage in a fit of pretended madness and simply kicked the daylights out of each other.’
    • ‘In classical rhetoric it denotes real or pretended doubt about an issue, uncertainty as to how to proceed in a discourse.’
    • ‘She blushed and looked away with pretended indifference.’
    • ‘It would be a very fragile moral and political order that depended upon pretended ignorance of social facts.’
    • ‘She moved from pretended self-sufficiency to a recognition of her need.’