Synonyms of sham in English:

sham


See definition of sham

noun

1‘all the tenderness he had shown her had been nothing more than a sham’

SYNONYMS
pretence, fake, act, fiction, simulation, imposture, fraud, feint, lie, counterfeit
putting on an act, faking, feigning, play-acting, dissembling
humbug
informal a put-up job
ANTONYMS

the real McCoy, the genuine article

2‘he was a sham, totally unqualified for his job as a senior doctor’

SYNONYMS
charlatan, fake, fraud, impostor, pretender, masquerader, dissembler, wolf in sheep's clothing
quack, mountebank
informal phoney

adjective

1‘she didn't want any more pretend closeness, any more sham togetherness’

SYNONYMS
fake, pretended, feigned, simulated, false, artificial, bogus, synthetic, spurious, ersatz, insincere, not genuine, manufactured, contrived, affected, plastic, make-believe, fictitious
imitation, mock, counterfeit, fraudulent
informal pretend, put-on, phoney, fakey, pseudo
British informal, dated cod
ANTONYMS

real, genuine


verb

1‘was he ill or was he shamming?’

SYNONYMS
pretend, fake, dissemble
malinger
informal put it on
British informal swing the lead

2‘she shams indifference’

SYNONYMS
feign, fake, pretend, put on, make a pretence of, simulate, counterfeit, affect, imitate