Synonyms of pretence in English:


See definition of pretence


1‘cease this pretence and be true to yourself’


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


reality, honesty

2‘he made a pretence of being unconcerned’


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’


claim, aspiration, purporting, profession

4‘he was absolutely without pretence’


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

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


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

lie, falsehood