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synonyms for pretending

  • acting
  • bluffing
  • cheating
  • concealment
  • counterfeiting
  • covering
  • dissembling
  • dissimulation
  • masking
  • pretense
  • simulation
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How to use pretending in a sentence

Jean clung to his English nurse, who played the fascinating game of pretending to eat his hand.
THE JOYOUS ADVENTURES OF ARISTIDE PUJOLWILLIAM J. LOCKE
Bonaparte invaded Venice pretending that the Venetians had illtreated the French.
THE EVERY DAY BOOK OF HISTORY AND CHRONOLOGYJOEL MUNSELL
It signified that he had definitely given up pretending that he had the power of shaking off the obsession.
UNCANNY TALESVARIOUS
He came from behind the counter, pretending to believe her, and started toward the door.
A FOREST HEARTH: A ROMANCE OF INDIANA IN THE THIRTIESCHARLES MAJOR
Inside the house a fat, awkward man was struggling, or pretending to struggle, into his coat.
YOU NEVER KNOW YOUR LUCK, COMPLETEGILBERT PARKER
In this way, the Captain, by pretending to admit the ideas of this ignorant Indian, had led him quietly to abandon them.
THE BORDER RIFLESGUSTAVE AIMARD
While pretending to discuss music with Mrs. Warfield, Clifford watched the pair furtively.
A FORTUNE HUNTER; OR, THE OLD STONE CORRALJOHN DUNLOE CARTERET
I threw myself back in the carriage, pretending to sleep; but covered my face and wept.
MY TEN YEARS' IMPRISONMENTSILVIO PELLICO
Up came the Essex, pretending to be a merchant ship and with the British flag flying.
STORIES OF OUR NAVAL HEROESVARIOUS
So did Kitty Windus, merely pretending that the thing had been for long a secret understanding.
IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE EVIDENCEOLIVER ONIONS
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WORDS RELATED TO PRETENDING

  • assuming
  • characterization
  • depiction
  • dramatics
  • enacting
  • enactment
  • feigning
  • hamming
  • histrionics
  • imitating
  • imitation
  • impersonation
  • improvisation
  • mime
  • mimicry
  • pantomime
  • performance
  • play acting
  • playing
  • portrayal
  • portraying
  • posing
  • posturing
  • pretending
  • pretense
  • putting
  • rendition
  • seeming
  • showing off
  • stagecraft
  • stooging
  • theatre
  • theatricals
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