8 pretence

pretence
(US pretense), n
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(a) [U] deception; make-believe 虚假; 虚伪; 虚饰; 假装; 做作
    Their friendliness was only pretence. 他们的友谊完全是虚假的.
    Their way of life was all pretence. 他们的生活方式都很做作.
(b) [sing] ~ of sth false show of sth 假象; 假相
    a pretence of strength, grief, sleep 有力量、 伤心、 睡觉的假象.
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(a) [C] ~ to sth claim to (merit, honour, etc) 声称; 自称; 自诩; 标榜
    I have no pretence to being an expert on the subject. 我并不自命是这方面的专家.
(b) [U] (fml 文) ostentation; pretentiousness 炫耀; 虚夸
    an honest, kindly man without pretence 诚实而不做作的好心人.
3 (idm 习语) on/under false pretences => false.