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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