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English Dictionary: pretender by the DICT Development Group
2 results for pretender
From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:
  1. a claimant to the throne or to the office of ruler (usually without just title)
  2. a person who makes deceitful pretenses
    Synonym(s): imposter, impostor, pretender, fake, faker, fraud, sham, shammer, pseudo, pseud, role player
  3. a person who professes beliefs and opinions that he or she does not hold in order to conceal his or her real feelings or motives
    Synonym(s): hypocrite, dissembler, dissimulator, phony, phoney, pretender
From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Pretender \Pre*tend"er\, n.
      1. One who lays claim, or asserts a title (to something); a
            claimant. Specifically, The pretender (Eng. Hist.), the
            son or the grandson of James II., the heir of the royal
            family of Stuart, who laid claim to the throne of Great
            Britain, from which the house was excluded by law.
                     It is the shallow, unimproved intellects that are
                     the confident pretenders to certainty. --Glanvill.
      2. One who pretends, simulates, or feigns.
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