Deep breath: The black community cannot pretend that the stereotype of black men as violent comes out of nowhere.
For Kirke it was being paid to pretend to play the oboe that heightened her affair with classical music.
I just wanted to pretend, for a little while, that you were still around.
They are sick of pretend solutions that address the politics of our problems rather than the problems themselves.
While it may be fun to pretend that markets are taking political stands, they generally aren't.
As I was saying, why should I pretend to be pensive and doleful, when I am as merry as a lark?
I make no apologies for my delay, however, and I do not pretend to feel any remorse about it.
How he came to be engaged in the crimes he afterwards perpetrated we cannot well learn, and therefore shall not pretend to relate.
Nor could I pretend to support it without help, when my coadjutor was no more.
I do not pretend to despise the rich things of the world, or the high things.
late 14c., "to profess, assert, maintain" (a claim, etc.), "to direct (one's) efforts," from Old French pretendre "to lay claim," from Latin praetendere "stretch in front, put forward, allege," from prae "before" (see pre-) + tendere "to stretch," from PIE root *ten- "to stretch" (see tend).
Main modern sense of "feign, put forward a false claim" is recorded from c.1400; the older sense of simply "to claim" is behind the string of royal pretenders (1690s) in English history. Meaning "to play, make believe" is recorded from 1865. In 17c. pretend also could mean "make a suit of marriage for," from a sense in French. Related: Pretended; pretending.
"fact of pretending," 1888, from children's talk, from pretend (v.). Earlier in same sense was verbal noun pretending (1640s).