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Oxford dictionary definition of the word pretence:
1an attempt to make something that is not the case appear true:
his anger is masked by a pretence that all is well
they have finally abandoned their secrecy and pretence
[mass noun] the practice of inventing imaginary situations in play:
before the age of two, children start to engage in pretence
[mass noun] affected and ostentatious speech and behaviour:
they have always avoided preciousness and pretence
2 (pretence to) a claim to have a particular skill or quality:
he was quick to disclaim any pretence to superiority
late Middle English: from Anglo-Norman French pretense, based on medieval Latin pretensus ‘pretended’, alteration of Latin praetentus, from the verb praetendere (see pretend)
The ending of pretence is spelled -ce (the spelling pretense is American).