Synonyms of sham in English:

sham


See definition of sham

noun

1‘all the tenderness he had shown her had been nothing more than a sham’

SYNONYMS

pretence, fake, act, fiction, simulation, imposture, fraud, feint, lie, counterfeit

putting on an act, faking, feigning, play-acting, dissembling

humbug

informal a put-up job

ANTONYMS

the real McCoy, the genuine article

2‘he was a sham, totally unqualified for his job as a senior doctor’

SYNONYMS

charlatan, fake, fraud, impostor, pretender, masquerader, dissembler, wolf in sheep's clothing

quack, mountebank

informal phoney


adjective

1‘she didn't want any more pretend closeness, any more sham togetherness’

SYNONYMS

fake, pretended, feigned, simulated, false, artificial, bogus, synthetic, spurious, ersatz, insincere, not genuine, manufactured, contrived, affected, plastic, make-believe, fictitious

imitation, mock, counterfeit, fraudulent

informal pretend, put-on, phoney, pseudo

British informal, dated cod

ANTONYMS

real, genuine


verb

1‘was he ill or was he shamming?’

SYNONYMS

pretend, fake, dissemble

malinger

informal put it on

British informal swing the lead

2‘she shams indifference’

SYNONYMS

feign, fake, pretend, put on, make a pretence of, simulate, counterfeit, affect, imitate