a deliberate misrepresentation of facts, as to obtain title to money or property.
the use of such misrepresentation.
Allusion vs. IllusionThe similar spellings and pronunciations of allusion and illusion can cause even seasoned writers to second-guess their choice of words. Today we will examine and clarify the differences between these two terms. An allusion is a reference, direct or implied, to something or someone. Allusions are often found in books, songs, TV shows, and movies. For instance, the title of Aldous Huxley’s classic novel Brave …
Origin of false pretenses
First recorded in 1750–60
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