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noun [countable] charade pronunciation in American English /ʃəˈreɪd/ 
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  1. an attempt to pretend that a situation is good or satisfactory, when in fact it is not

    I wish they'd drop this pathetic charade of pretending nothing's the matter.

    The election was condemned as "an empty charade."

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