Synonyms of pretence in English:

pretence


See definition of pretence

noun

1‘cease this pretence and be true to yourself’

SYNONYMS

make-believe, act, putting on an act, acting, dissembling, shamming, sham, faking, feigning, simulation, falsification, dissimulation, invention, imagination, self-deception, play-acting, posturing, posture, posing, pose, cant, attitudinizing

deception, deceit, deceitfulness, fraud, hoax, fraudulence, fabrication, duplicity, artifice, subterfuge, treachery, trickery, dishonesty, hypocrisy, falsity, lying, mendacity, lack of veracity

British false colours

informal kidology

rare simulacrum

ANTONYMS

reality, honesty

2‘he made a pretence of being unconcerned’

SYNONYMS

false show, show, semblance, affectation, false appearance, appearance, outward appearance, impression, image, front, false front, guise, colour, facade, display, posture, pose, masquerade, mask, cloak, veil, veneer, smokescreen, camouflage, cover, travesty, parody, charade

archaic snivel

3‘she herself had long since dropped any pretence to faith’

SYNONYMS

claim, aspiration, purporting, profession

4‘he was absolutely without pretence’

SYNONYMS

pretentiousness, display, ostentation, affectation, showiness, flaunting, posturing, posing, humbug

5‘he abducted the queen on the pretence of seeking to protect her’

SYNONYMS

pretext, false excuse, guise, sham, ruse, wile, trickery

lie, falsehood