noun: pretence; plural noun: pretences; noun: pretense; plural noun: pretenses
an attempt to make something that is not the case appear true.
“his anger is masked by a pretense that all is well”
make-believe, putting on an act, acting, dissembling, shamming, faking, feigning, simulation, dissimulation, play-acting, posturing; More
deception, deceit, deceitfulness, fraud, fraudulence, duplicity, subterfuge, trickery, dishonesty, hypocrisy, falsity, lying, mendacity
“cease this pretense”
(false) show,semblance, affectation, (false) appearance, outward appearance, impression, (false) front, guise, facade, display
“he made a pretense of being unconcerned”
a false display of feelings, attitudes, or intentions.
“he asked me questions without any pretense at politeness”
the practice of invent