pretender

[ pri-ten-der ]
/ prɪˈtɛn dər /

noun

a person who pretends, especially for a dishonest purpose.
an aspirant or claimant (often followed by to): a pretender to the throne.
a person who makes unjustified or false claims, statements, etc., as about personal status, abilities, intentions, or the like: a pretender to literary genius.

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Origin of pretender

First recorded in 1585–95; pretend + -er1
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British Dictionary definitions for pretender

pretender
/ (prɪˈtɛndə) /

noun

a person who pretends or makes false allegations
a person who mounts a claim, as to a throne or title
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