Sham meaning

shăm
To sham is defined as to pretend to be something you are not or to disguise something.

An example of to sham is to advertise fake gold as real.

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The definition of a sham is something or someone that is false or has a disguise.

An example of a sham is a fake diamond being advertised as a real one.

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A decorative cover made to simulate an article of household linen and used over or in place of it.

A pillow sham.

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Not genuine; fake.

Sham diamonds; sham modesty.

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A means to avoid taxes fraudulently.
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Sham means not real or fake.

An example of sham used as an adjective is the phrase "sham intelligence" which means smarts that are not really there.

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To put on the false appearance of; feign.
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To assume a false appearance or character; dissemble.
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A trick or fraud.
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A person who is not what he or she pretends to be; fraud; impostor.
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Not genuine or real; false, counterfeit, pretended, etc.
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To be or make an imitation or false show of; counterfeit.
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To pretend to be what one is not.
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A transaction that is designed to trick or defraud investors.
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A counterfeit; something that is not what it seems or appears to be; a fake; a person pretending to be something or someone other than who she really is. adj. Deceitful or dishonest.
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Intended to deceive; false.

It was only a sham wedding: they didn't care much for one another but wanted their parents to stop hassling them.

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A fake; an imitation that purports to be genuine.

The time-share deal was a sham.

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Trickery, hoaxing.

A con-man must be skilled in the arts of sham and deceit.

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A false front, or removable ornamental covering.
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A decorative cover for a pillow.
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To deceive, cheat, lie.
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To obtrude by fraud or imposition.
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To assume the manner and character of; to imitate; to ape; to feign.
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Origin of sham

  • Perhaps dialectal variant of shame

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Probably a dialectal form of shame.

    From Wiktionary