Sham Definition

shăm
shammed, shamming, shams
noun
shams
A trick or fraud.
Webster's New World
Something false or empty that is purported to be genuine.
American Heritage
An imitation that is meant to deceive; counterfeit.
Webster's New World
Deceitfulness or pretense.
American Heritage
A hypocritical action, deceptive appearance, etc.
Webster's New World
Antonyms:
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adjective
Not genuine or real; false, counterfeit, pretended, etc.
Webster's New World

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.
Wiktionary
Wiktionary
Antonyms:
verb
shammed, shamming, shams
To be or make an imitation or false show of; counterfeit.
Webster's New World
To pretend to be what one is not.
Webster's New World
To assume a false appearance or character; dissemble.
American Heritage
To deceive, cheat, lie.
Wiktionary
To obtrude by fraud or imposition.
Wiktionary
Antonyms:
  • tell truth
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other
A means to avoid taxes fraudulently.
Webster's New World Finance

Other Word Forms of Sham

Noun

Singular:
sham
Plural:
shams

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

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