Thesaurus / false pretense
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I am obnoxious to a party, and they adopt a false pretense to cut me off.
These he scorned the more bitterly for their false pretense, demanding plain meat and a lot of it.
THE WRONG TWINHARRY LEON WILSON
Since her wedding-day she had thought of her marriage as a loathed bond, from which his false pretense had absolved her.
SATAN SANDERSONHALLIE ERMINIE RIVES
“I have been arousing your sympathy by false pretense,” he said, and the laughter in his voice demanded a real effort.
The wretch had left her on false pretense in a den of shame.
So he flushed, and felt that he was obtaining the required permission by false pretense.
THE REVELLERSLOUIS TRACY
The great aim of the mere money-getter—to get and get forever—involves him in false pretense and practical falsehood.
LIBRARY NOTESA. P. RUSSELL
Yet she had a curious feeling within her, as if she was here under some kind of false pretense.
HELEN GRANT'S SCHOOLDAYSAMANDA M. DOUGLAS
He always applauds a forgery, a false pretense, or a lie: he calls it a stratagem.
CYRUS THE GREATJACOB ABBOTT
She could not afford anything pretentious in dress, and she would make no false pretense.
A CAPTAIN IN THE RANKSGEORGE CARY EGGLESTON