Origin of pretense
OTHER WORDS FROM pretensepre·tense·ful, adjectivepre·tense·less, adjective
WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH pretensepretense , pretext
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How to use pretense in a sentence
Stewart also pleaded guilty to collecting about $261,000 on false pretenses from another small business loan program, the Economic Injury Disaster Loan Program, which provides low-interest financing to struggling small businesses during disasters.Contractor Who Was Awarded $34.5 Million in Government Money and Provided Zero Masks Pleads Guilty to Fraud|by J. David McSwane|February 3, 2021|ProPublica
Sometimes they would send a target an infected file under the pretense of collaborating on vulnerability research.
It had a lot of joy because there was not a lot of pretense.America doesn’t need inaugural balls. But there’s something lost when they disappear.|Roxanne Roberts|January 19, 2021|Washington Post
The Republican Party has proved that its hatred of liberals is so foundational that it will abandon any pretense of commitment to democracy, if democracy allows for the possibility that liberals might win an election.Hatred of liberals is all that’s left of conservatism|Paul Waldman|December 11, 2020|Washington Post
We’ve dropped the pretense that this is not a looks-based profession.‘Take off your mask’: Boorish customers have found a way to make sexual harassment even more of a hazard|Monica Hesse|December 10, 2020|Washington Post
In Iraq and Syria, unlike in Libya, there is no pretense that this is anything less than war in the constitutional sense.
We would perhaps be tossing out any pretense of traditional baseball in exchange for popular thrill-a-minute spectacle.
They are winning incremental battles under the pretense of health regulations and parental consent.Ten Reasons Women Are Losing While Gays Keep Winning|Jay Michaelson|July 6, 2014|DAILY BEAST
There is not even the pretense of actual interaction with voters.Good Riddance to Steve Stockman, the Grifter Congressman Who Ran for Senate|Ben Jacobs|March 4, 2014|DAILY BEAST
All along, Orman never made any pretense about her sexuality.
After long delays Crane and Keith made pretense of building camps and starting to log.Scattergood Baines|Clarence Budington Kelland
No one who makes any pretense of seeing England will miss either of these places.British Highways And Byways From A Motor Car|Thomas D. Murphy
Come, Peter Snooks, to the dog that was never far out of sight, well at least make a pretense of being useful.Those Dale Girls|Frank Weston Carruth
What oceans of futility one discovered, what mountains of pretense—and with what forests of scholarship grown over them!Love's Pilgrimage|Upton Sinclair
Ruth always suspected that Uncle Jabez Potter made a pretense of being really worse than he was.Ruth Fielding At College|Alice B. Emerson