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pretense

[ pri-tens, pree-tens ]
/ prɪˈtɛns, ˈpri tɛns /
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noun

1 shamming.
3 mask, veil.

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The rainy weather could not ________ my elated spirits on my graduation day.
Also British, pre·tence .

Origin of pretense

First recorded in 1375–1425; late Middle English, from Anglo-French, from unattested Medieval Latin praetēnsa, noun use of feminine of praetēnsus, past participle (replacing Latin praetentus ) of praetendere “to put forward, stretch forth, pretend”; see origin at pretend
pre·tense·ful, adjectivepre·tense·less, adjective
pretense , pretext
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