noun Chiefly British.
Definition for pretence (2 of 2)
Origin of pretense
Examples from the Web for pretence
Although Vanessa comforted herself with the pretence that I had two fathers, in reality—emotional reality, that is—I had none.House of Cads: Growing Up Amid the Weirdness of Bloomsbury|Jessica Ferri|April 10, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Kelly, however, goes a step further and abandons any pretence of subtlety.R. Kelly’s Craziest Lyrics From ‘Black Panties,’ Analyzed|Chancellor Agard|December 3, 2013|DAILY BEAST
At his most devastating, Ellison abandons any pretence of literary realism.American Nightmare: Ralph Ellison’s ‘Invisible Man’ at 60|Nathaniel Rich|June 28, 2012|DAILY BEAST
The latest addition to the most-wanted list, Hafeez Saeed, the head of Lashkar-e-Taiba, does not even make any pretence of hiding.Obama’s Deal With Afghanistan Underscores Its Crucial Role in the War on Terror|Bruce Riedel|May 3, 2012|DAILY BEAST
We can't disguise hostility towards any religion behind the pretence of liberalism.
This incident served Henry as a pretence for his severity towards that prince.
We will leave these poor devils, in pity, to trade with others; but they must not delay us to make a pretence of earning money.No Thoroughfare|Charles Dickens and Wilkie Collins
Go boldly up to him, and invent some pretence to address him, or wait in this angle of deep shade, and see what would happen next?In the Days of My Youth|Amelia Ann Blandford Edwards
And I bowed again and walked past her like she was a stage character, which she was, being a pretence and nothing else.Mary Cary|Kate Langley Bosher
This I could not understand, and therefore make no pretence to remember it; for my brain is not mathematical.Dariel|R. D. Blackmore
British Dictionary definitions for pretence
Word Origin and History for pretence
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.