feigning vs pretense what difference

what is difference between feigning and pretense

English

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /ˈfeɪnɪŋ/

Verb

feigning

  1. present participle of feign

Noun

feigning (plural feignings)

  1. Act of one who feigns; fakery; deceit.


English

Alternative forms

  • pretence (Only correct spelling in the UK, the Republic of Ireland, and Commonwealth countries and historical use in the United States)
  • prætense (archaic)

Etymology

Borrowed from Middle French pretensse, from Late Latin praetēnsus, past participle of Latin praetendō (to pretend), from prae- (before) + tendō (to stretch); see pretend.

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /ˈpɹiːtɛns/
  • Hyphenation: pre‧tense

Noun

pretense (countable and uncountable, plural pretenses) (American spelling)

  1. (US) A false or hypocritical profession
  2. Intention or purpose not real but professed.
    with only a pretense of accuracy
  3. An unsupported claim made or implied.
  4. An insincere attempt to reach a specific condition or quality.

Synonyms

  • affectation denotes deception for the sake of escape from punishment or an awkward situation
  • false pretense
  • fiction
  • imitation
  • pretext
  • sham
  • subterfuge
  • See also Thesaurus:pretext

Related terms

  • pretend
  • pretender
  • pretension
  • pretentious
  • pretentiousness

Translations

Further reading

  • pretense in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.
  • pretense in The Century Dictionary, New York, N.Y.: The Century Co., 1911.
  • pretense at OneLook Dictionary Search

Anagrams

  • Petersen, pre-teens, preteens, terpenes

Spanish

Verb

pretense

  1. First-person singular (yo) present subjunctive form of pretensar.
  2. Formal second-person singular (usted) present subjunctive form of pretensar.
  3. Third-person singular (él, ella, also used with usted?) present subjunctive form of pretensar.
  4. Formal second-person singular (usted) imperative form of pretensar.

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