• WordNet 3.6
    • n pretender a person who professes beliefs and opinions that he or she does not hold in order to conceal his or her real feelings or motives
    • n pretender a person who makes deceitful pretenses
    • n Pretender a claimant to the throne or to the office of ruler (usually without just title)
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: In Bromide, Oklahoma it is illegal for children to use towels as capes and jump from houses pretending to be superman.
    • Pretender One who lays claim, or asserts a title (to something); a claimant. "It is the shallow, unimproved intellects that are the confident pretenders to certainty."
    • Pretender One who pretends, simulates, or feigns.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: A guy wearing pantyhose on his face tried to rob a store in a mall. When security came, he quickly grabbed a shopping bag and pretended to be shopping, forgetting that he was still wearing the pantyhose. He was captured and his loot was returned to the store.
    • n pretender One who pretends, or makes a false show, as of learning or of legal right.
    • n pretender One who pretends, or puts forward a claim; a claimant; an aspirant.
    • n pretender Specifically, a claimant to a throne. In British history there have been several pretenders, especially “the Pretender,” James Edward Stuart, son of James II., who in 1715 made an unsuccessful attempt to gain the English throne and supplant the reigning Hanoverian dynasty; another unsuccessful attempt was made in his behalf in 1745-6 by his son Charles Edward (often called “the Young Pretender”).
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  • Charles Caleb Colton
    “We often pretend to fear what we really despise, and more often despise what we really fear.”
  • John Gay
    “An open foe may prove a curse, but a pretended friend is worse.”
  • Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
    “The greatest genius will never be worth much if he pretends to draw exclusively from his own resources.”
  • Marya Mannes
    Marya Mannes
    “In our society those who are in reality superior in intelligence can be accepted by their fellows only if they pretend they are not.”
  • Jean Kerr
    Jean Kerr
    “Man is the only animal that learns by being hypocritical. He pretends to be polite and then, eventually, he becomes polite.”
  • Clarence Darrow
    “I am an agnostic; I do not pretend to know what many ignorant men are sure of.”


In literature:

But it's no use pretending it isn't quite the place it was.
"The Shadow of the Rope" by E. W. Hornung
Useless to pretend to himself that it was not so.
"The Regent" by E. Arnold Bennett
They simply don't care a damn about the hero, or about the audience, or anything, and they scarcely pretend to.
"The Roll-Call" by Arnold Bennett
What's the good of pretending?
"The Pretty Lady" by Arnold E. Bennett
I don't pretend to be intellectual.
"The Title" by Arnold Bennett
However, they pretended to know it.
"Far Off" by Favell Lee Mortimer
Each player must choose a trade and pretend to be working at it.
"My Book of Indoor Games" by Clarence Squareman
Jonathan at last pretended to be overcome with the reasons which had been offered to him on the subject of self-murder.
"Lives Of The Most Remarkable Criminals Who have been Condemned and Executed for Murder, the Highway, Housebreaking, Street Robberies, Coining or other offences" by Arthur L. Hayward
So she pretended to be quite unconscious of her old enemy's presence.
"Don Orsino" by F. Marion Crawford
The pretended ground hereof, which is false or frivolous.
"The Divine Right of Church Government" by Sundry Ministers Of Christ Within The City Of London

In poetry:

Night comes. We sleep.
Then if you know what
say it.
Don't pretend.
"Song" by Robert Creeley
By some sorcery 't was effected,
For those Christians use enchantments,
And then miracles pretend them.
"The Two Lovers Of Heaven: Chrysanthus And Daria - Act I" by Denis Florence MacCarthy
No knave but boldly will pretend
The requisites that form a friend,
A real and a sound one;
Nor any fool, he would deceive,
But prove as ready to believe,
And dream that he had found one.
"Friendship" by William Cowper
While thus I praise thee, I do not pretend
That though a faithful, thou 'rt a faultless friend.
Excuse me, then,—I do not love to blame,—
When, for thy sake, thy faults I briefly name.
"To A Friend" by John Pierpont
Blame thy selfe, and not my folly,
Time gave time but to be holy,
True Love, such ends best loveth:
Unworthy Love doth seeke for ends,
A worthy Love but worth pretends;
Nor other thoughts it proveth.
"35 (Song 5)" by Mary Wroth
To thee for instruction and strength she must cling,
For she does not pretend to be wise as thou art ;
Her impulses flow from affection's warm spring,
Her feelings are not from the head, but the heart.
"On Reading An Assertion" by Mary Anne Browne

In news:

The room was smoky, dark and packed with people giving their full attention to two men pretending to go to the bathroom on stage.
The plight of Russian workers was summarized in a joke: "They pretend to work and the government pretends to pay them".
Mass-Murder Group Therapy Let's not pretend we can make sense of what happened in Aurora.
Or the guy who says the other guy is only pretending he's a real smaller-government guy.
Tilda Swinton and Rock Duer are not pretending to be movie critics.
I pretended to be really sick that day so that they would send me home because I had been waiting impatiently for the season to start.
Man pretended to have gun in his pocket.
Caller asks for bank info, pretends to be from Medicare.
Tom Hanks, Fan Pretend to Get Drunk Together During Impromptu Photo Shoot.
Let's pretend that you are a college football coach in the middle of your season.
A girl pretends to be a boy after moving to a suburb (1:30).
Remember how much fun it was to dress up on Halloween and pretend to be a superhero, princess or ghost.
Just Pretend The Walls Have Ears .
Andrew Thomas Is Now Carrying Around Piece of Wood, Pretending He's a Movie Character.
The name White Trash Wannabees has a meaning all to itself, no pretentious pretenders, no hype, just rockin' music and crazy fun is what these guys consistently deliver.

In science:

One might start attempting to approximate P (D, S ) by pretending that the conditions of vanishing on various EP ’s are all independent.
Counting Multisections in Conic Bundles over a Curve defined over F_q
To keep the notation simple, pretend that ω (ζ ) xy exists for all x, y ∈ Zd , equaling 0 where not otherwise defined.
Central Limit Theorem and recurrence for random walks in bistochastic random environments
We can employ the method of deferred decisions to a certain extent: the analysis “pretends” that the algorithm exposes the literal occurrences of the random input formula only when it becomes strictly necessary, so that the unexposed ones remain “random ”.
A better algorithm for random k-SAT
And even tough our work is limited we want to situate it within a practical context and make explicit where it pretends to fit in and where it does not.
On Requirements for Programming Exercises from an E-learning Perspective
It follows from this that we can pretend (with high probability) that no coalescence occurred, in which case particles behave as if they were independent simple random walks.
Recent progress in coalescent theory