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1‘all the tenderness he had shown her had been nothing more than a sham’
pretence, fake, act, fiction, simulation, imposture, fraud, feint, lie, counterfeit
putting on an act, faking, feigning, play-acting, dissembling
informal a put-up job
the real McCoy, the genuine article
2‘he was a sham, totally unqualified for his job as a senior doctor’
charlatan, fake, fraud, impostor, pretender, masquerader, dissembler, wolf in sheep's clothing
1‘she didn't want any more pretend closeness, any more sham togetherness’
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
1‘she shams indifference’
feign, fake, pretend, put on, make a pretence of, simulate, counterfeit, affect, imitate
2‘was he ill or was he shamming?’
pretend, fake, dissemble
informal put it on
British informal swing the lead
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