Origin of pretender
Examples from the Web for pretender
And cancer, deceiver, pretender, coward; it cannot even subsist without the vibrant people it depends on.
All was jolly and genial between the king of late night and the pretender to the throne.
Rush Limbaugh has called Dede Scozzafava a “pretender” and an “extreme liberal Republican” who “might as well be a Democrat.”
Was there not some funny story abroad of a Pretender to the Throne of France?The Adventures of Harry Richmond, Complete|George Meredith
This is the twenty-fourth pretender of the species who has asserted that his father was the august victim of the Temple.Burlesques|William Makepeace Thackeray
Is there any danger that the pretender shall be brought in upon us?
Certain it is, the pretender could not have chosen a more favourable opportunity for making a descent upon Scotland.The History of England in Three Volumes, Vol.II.|Tobias Smollett
I class him among what are popularly known as humbugs, however, for he is a pretender to more wisdom than he possesses.The Humbugs of the World|P. T. Barnum
1590s, "one who intends;" 1620s as "one who puts forth a claim;" agent noun from pretend (v.). Specifically of a claimant to the English throne from 1690s.