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She said she was really pleased to see us, but I could tell it was just a pretence.
Harper was convicted without even the pretence of a proper trial.
Yeltsin, now seriously ill, had given up any pretence of being in charge.
Alex made no pretence of hiding her disappointment.
This is the British English definition of pretence. View American English definition of pretence.
old and in bad condition, or no longer effective