That which deceives expectation; any trick, fraud, or device that deludes and disappoints; a make-believe; delusion; imposture; humbug.
A false front, or removable ornamental covering.
False; counterfeit; pretended; feigned; unreal; as, a sham fight.
To trick; to cheat; to deceive or delude with false pretenses.
To obtrude by fraud or imposition.
To assume the manner and character of; to imitate; to ape; to feign.
To make false pretenses; to deceive; to feign; to impose.
pretence; something that is not what it appears to be
something that is a counterfeit; not what it seems to be
a person who makes deceitful pretenses
make a pretence of; "She assumed indifference, even though she was seething with anger"; "he feigned sleep"
make believe with the intent to deceive; "He feigned that he was ill"; "He shammed a headache"
adopted in order to deceive; "an assumed name"; "an assumed cheerfulness"; "a fictitious address"; "fictive sympathy"; "a pretended interest"; "a put-on childish voice"; "sham modesty"