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Definition of "pretended" []

  • Not genuine or sincere; feigned: a pretended interest in the proceedings. (adjective)
  • Supposed; alleged: the pretended heir to the throne. (adjective)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "pretended" in a sentence
  • "By the way, several readers have had a thought about "community organizer," which some Dems have pretended is code for "black.""
  • "Melas in his despatch spoke of what he called our pretended army of reserve with inconceivable contempt, and alluded to the presence of Bonaparte in Italy as a mere fabrication."
  • "No, they may laugh, they may smile at what they call his pretended sanctity, but in truth he is no hypocrite."