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Stewart also pleaded guilty to collecting about $261,000 on false pretenses from another small business loan program, the Economic Injury Disaster Loan Program, which provides low-interest financing to struggling small businesses during disasters.
CONTRACTOR WHO WAS AWARDED $34.5 MILLION IN GOVERNMENT MONEY AND PROVIDED ZERO MASKS PLEADS GUILTY TO FRAUDBY J. DAVID MCSWANEFEBRUARY 3, 2021PROPUBLICA
Sometimes they would send a target an infected file under the pretense of collaborating on vulnerability research.
GOOGLE OUTS SUSPECTED NORTH KOREAN HACKERSROBERT HACKETTJANUARY 26, 2021FORTUNE
It had a lot of joy because there was not a lot of pretense.
AMERICA DOESN’T NEED INAUGURAL BALLS. BUT THERE’S SOMETHING LOST WHEN THEY DISAPPEAR.ROXANNE ROBERTSJANUARY 19, 2021WASHINGTON POST
The Republican Party has proved that its hatred of liberals is so foundational that it will abandon any pretense of commitment to democracy, if democracy allows for the possibility that liberals might win an election.
HATRED OF LIBERALS IS ALL THAT’S LEFT OF CONSERVATISMPAUL WALDMANDECEMBER 11, 2020WASHINGTON POST
We’ve dropped the pretense that this is not a looks-based profession.
‘TAKE OFF YOUR MASK’: BOORISH CUSTOMERS HAVE FOUND A WAY TO MAKE SEXUAL HARASSMENT EVEN MORE OF A HAZARDMONICA HESSEDECEMBER 10, 2020WASHINGTON POST
A distant family member had accompanied her under false pretense of touring the city of Delhi with her, where she was sold to a “broker”.
THREE WOMEN: STORIES OF INDIAN TRAFFICKED BRIDESLGBTQ-EDITOROCTOBER 5, 2020NO STRAIGHT NEWS
After long delays Crane and Keith made pretense of building camps and starting to log.
SCATTERGOOD BAINESCLARENCE BUDINGTON KELLAND
No one who makes any pretense of seeing England will miss either of these places.
BRITISH HIGHWAYS AND BYWAYS FROM A MOTOR CARTHOMAS D. MURPHY
Come, Peter Snooks, to the dog that was never far out of sight, well at least make a pretense of being useful.
THOSE DALE GIRLSFRANK WESTON CARRUTH
What oceans of futility one discovered, what mountains of pretense—and with what forests of scholarship grown over them!
LOVE'S PILGRIMAGEUPTON SINCLAIR
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WORDS RELATED TO PRETENSE

  • affected piety
  • deceit
  • dishonesty
  • humbug
  • hypocrisy
  • hypocriticalness
  • insincerity
  • lip service
  • pecksniffery
  • pharisaicalness
  • pious platitudes
  • pomposity
  • pretense
  • pretentiousness
  • sanctimoniousness
  • sanctimony
  • sham holiness
  • show
  • burial
  • camouflage
  • closeting
  • complicity
  • concealment
  • conspiracy
  • dissimulation
  • evasion
  • front
  • hush-up
  • masking
  • placing under wraps
  • pretense
  • seal of secrecy
  • smoke-screen
  • veil of secrecy
  • whitewash
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