Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.

EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR FALSE PRETENSE

The people will see beneath the false pretense the bare, naked facts.

The wretch had left her on false pretense in a den of shame.

"It is a false pretense;" and she scorned all false pretenses.

I am obnoxious to a party, and they adopt a false pretense to cut me off.

So he flushed, and felt that he was obtaining the required permission by false pretense.

These he scorned the more bitterly for their false pretense, demanding plain meat and a lot of it.

“I have been arousing your sympathy by false pretense,” he said, and the laughter in his voice demanded a real effort.

He always applauds a forgery, a false pretense, or a lie: he calls it a stratagem.

He would not suffer her kindness under a false pretense; he could at least be honest with her.

She could not afford anything pretentious in dress, and she would make no false pretense.