Origin of pretense
Related formspre·tense·ful, adjectivepre·tense·less, adjective
Can be confusedpretense pretext
Examples from the Web for pretense
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.
The rest of the party had gone to the cliffs with the artist, the girls on a pretense of learning to sketch from nature.Their Pilgrimage|Charles Dudley Warner
I'll break it off,—it will only be a pretense, of course, but at least no one will know what a fool I've been.Fifty Contemporary One-Act Plays|Various
He did not pretend to be a learned man, any more than he made any other pretense which he could not justify.Springhaven|R. D. Blackmore
Should she tell him she knew, or should she keep up the pretense a little longer?Jerry Junior|Jean Webster
To give verisimilitude to the pretense, he even pulled out his watch.The Firefly Of France|Marion Polk Angellotti