false pretence


  • WordNet 3.6
    • n false pretence (law) an offense involving intent to defraud and false representation and obtaining property as a result of that misrepresentation
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  • Marcus T. Cicero
    “True glory takes root, and even spreads; all false pretences, like flowers, fall to the ground; nor can any counterfeit last long.”


In literature:

You know, I came out to this bally country on false pretences, as it were.
"The Spoilers of the Valley" by Robert Watson
He hath beguiled us here under false pretences.
"Dreamers of the Ghetto" by I. Zangwill
He has made his way into my house under a false pretence.
"Marion Fay" by Anthony Trollope
She had taken his protestations, his tenderness under a false pretence.
"East of the Shadows" by Mrs. Hubert Barclay
It is really obtaining money under false pretences.
"Flowers of Freethought" by George W. Foote
I really cannot accept the freedom of the City under any suspicion of false pretences.
"The Brass Bottle" by F. Anstey
False teachers have crossed our path, and under pretence of doing us good, have poisoned our mind with error.
"Sowing and Reaping" by Dwight Moody
In False Analogies (which fall under this Fallacy) there is no pretence of a conclusive induction.
"Analysis of Mr. Mill's System of Logic" by William Stebbing
And you told her lies in order to extort money under false pretences.
"Miss Cayley's Adventures" by Grant Allen
Its pretences are false, its doctrines odious, its means contemptible.
"Thoughts on African Colonization" by William Lloyd Garrison
To tell you the truth, it looks to me rather uncomfortably like false pretences.
"The Angel of the Revolution" by George Griffith
However you look at me, I am here on false pretences.
"A Journal of Impressions in Belgium" by May Sinclair
Well, I shall not meet her under false pretences now, at any rate.
"Under False Pretences" by Adeline Sergeant
Many of them were stolen or obtained by false pretences before burial.
"The Diary of a Resurrectionist, 1811-1812" by James Blake Bailey
But I must not obtain your good opinion under false pretences.
"A Veldt Vendetta" by Bertram Mitford
You sneaked my consent under false pretences.
"A Secret of the Lebombo" by Bertram Mitford
No false pretence about that.
"A Traitor's Wooing" by Headon Hill
Their money has been obtained under false pretences.
"To Cuba and Back" by Richard Henry Dana
It was as if he had all along been deceiving, misleading her, acting on false pretences, winning her love by his borrowed funereal splendour.
"The Nest, The White Pagoda, The Suicide, A Forsaken Temple, Miss Jones and The Masterpiece" by Anne Douglas Sedgwick
If I beguiled you at this late hour under any other impression I am guilty of false pretences.
"Glories of Spain" by Charles W. Wood

In poetry:

O false as fair
I am forgotten, then, by thee!
Or haply on another shine
The eyes that once looked into mine
Pretence of love — all faithlessly
"To One False In Love" by Sappho
"Midst soulless forms, and false pretence
Of spiritual pride and pampered sense,
A voice saith, 'What is that to thee?
Be true thyself, and follow Me!
"The Chapel of the Hermits" by John Greenleaf Whittier
Peace, peace! No more of boast or vaunt,
Of false pretence, or lying cant;
Is it, indeed, to free the "niggers"
You lap white blood like thirsty tigers?
"America--"Peace, Peace, O Peace!"" by Janet Hamilton
"You may charge me with murder—or want of sense—
(We are all of us weak at times):
But the slightest approach to a false pretence
Was never among my crimes!
"Fit The Fourth - The Hunting" by Lewis Carroll
The heaviness of burnt-out ships has numbed her,
Prostrated, weighted down her senseless form;
You cannot dupe this one by false pretences-
It is the poet who will keep her warm.
"Craft" by Boris Pasternak
Dull are our Maxims! False our grave Pretence!
Reason, at last, will prove the Dupe of Sense.
Our Age is influenc'd as our Youth inclin'd,
And the same Byass always rules the Mind.
"Religion And Philosophy" by Richardson Pack