Synonyms of pretence in English:

pretence


See definition of pretence

noun

1‘cease this pretence and be true to yourself’

SYNONYMS
make-believe, act, putting on an act, acting, dissembling, shamming, sham, faking, feigning, simulation, falsification, dissimulation, invention, imagination, self-deception, play-acting, posturing, posture, posing, pose, cant, attitudinizing
deception, deceit, deceitfulness, fraud, hoax, fraudulence, fabrication, duplicity, artifice, subterfuge, treachery, trickery, dishonesty, hypocrisy, falsity, lying, mendacity, lack of veracity
British false colours
informal kidology
rare simulacrum
ANTONYMS

reality, honesty

2‘he made a pretence of being unconcerned’

SYNONYMS
false show, show, semblance, affectation, false appearance, appearance, outward appearance, impression, image, front, false front, guise, colour, facade, display, posture, pose, masquerade, mask, cloak, veil, veneer, smokescreen, camouflage, cover, travesty, parody, charade
archaic snivel

3‘she herself had long since dropped any pretence to faith’

SYNONYMS
claim, aspiration, purporting, profession

4‘he was absolutely without pretence’

SYNONYMS
pretentiousness, display, ostentation, affectation, showiness, flaunting, posturing, posing, humbug

5‘he abducted the queen on the pretence of seeking to protect her’

SYNONYMS
pretext, false excuse, guise, sham, ruse, wile, trickery
lie, falsehood