An example of a pretense is when you pretend to be friends with someone you don't like.
An example of a pretense is when you claim to be an expert in something you aren't.
Without pretense of accuracy.
Origin of pretense
- Middle English from Old French pretensse from Medieval Latin praetēnsa from Late Latin feminine of praetēnsus alteration of Latin praetentus past participle of praetendere to pretend, assert pretend
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- From Middle French pretensse, from Late Latin prÃ¦tensus, past participle of prÃ¦tendere (“to pretend"), from prÃ¦- (“before") + tendere (“to stretch"); see pretend.