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noun [countable/uncountable] pretence pronunciation in British English /prɪˈtens/ 
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pluralpretences
  1. a way of behaving that does not honestly express your real feelings, thoughts, or intentions

    She said she was really pleased to see us, but I could tell it was just a pretence.

    pretence of:

    Harper was convicted without even the pretence of a proper trial.

    Yeltsin, now seriously ill, had given up any pretence of being in charge.

    make a pretence of:

    Alex made no pretence of hiding her disappointment.

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