Pretense

Definition of Pretense

Pre`tense´
n.1.The act of laying claim; the claim laid; assumption; pretension.
Primogeniture can not have any pretense to a right of solely inheriting property or power.
- Locke.
I went to Lambeth with Sir R. Brown's pretense to the wardenship of Merton College, Oxford.
- Evelyn.
2.The act of holding out, or offering, to others something false or feigned; presentation of what is deceptive or hypocritical; deception by showing what is unreal and concealing what is real; false show; simulation; as, pretense of illness; under pretense of patriotism; on pretense of revenging Cæsar's death.
3.That which is pretended; false, deceptive, or hypocritical show, argument, or reason; pretext; feint.
Let not the Trojans, with a feigned pretense
Of proffered peace, delude the Latian prince.
- Dryden.
4.Intention; design.
A very pretense and purpose of unkindness.
- Shak.

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