The price of pretense rises, and the believer leaves former friends shaking their heads at his delusions.
The new editor's delight in this coup was only very thinly covered by his pretense of sadness and horror.
There is a pretense of caution: The course of the race is designed to avoid flying directly over crowds.
Some leftists see the war as a U.S.-backed pretense to militarize Mexico and stifle activism.
There is not even the pretense of actual interaction with voters.
In return Jack shook her fist at him with what was not all a pretense of indignation.
Life which made a pretense of him, enters its tabernacle and closes the doors on him.
At any rate after this on every pretense David went out of his way to have her meet his friends.
From the first there had been no pretense of friendship between these two.
Here—now on one pretense and now on another—I could visit her, and we could both plan together what our future lives were to be.
also pretence, early 15c., "the putting forth of a claim," from Anglo-French pretensse, Middle French pretensse (Modern French prétense), from Medieval Latin noun use of fem. of Late Latin praetensus, altered from Latin praetentus, past participle of praetendere (see pretend). Meaning "false or hypocritical profession" is from 1540s.