pretence

(BrE) (AmE pretense) noun
ADJECTIVE
elaborate

It was all an elaborate pretence.

flimsy, slight

There is not even the slightest pretence of trying to make it realistic.

VERB + PRETENCE/PRETENSE
keep up, maintain, sustain (BrE)

I don't know how long I can keep up this pretence of happiness.

abandon, drop, give up
PRETENCE/PRETENSE + VERB
be over

Now that the pretence was over, he could tell them what he really thought.

PREPOSITION
under the pretence of

He tried to get close to her under the pretence of examining the pictures on the wall.

pretence at

His pretence at friendliness fooled no one.

pretence of

He was hanged without even the pretence of a proper trial.

PHRASES
abandon all pretence, abandon any pretence

She abandoned all pretence of neutrality and began to cheer.

make a pretence, make no pretence

I make no pretence to be an expert on the subject.

by false pretences, under false pretences

He was accused of obtaining money under false pretences.


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