Complete Definition of "pretence"

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Etymology
From MF. pretensse, from LL. prætensus (past participle of prætendere, præ- + tendere).

Noun
pretence

  1. CE: An act of pretending or pretension; a false claim or pretext.

#* 2005, w:Plato|Plato, Sophist. Translation by Lesley Brown. w:Stephanus pagination|231b.
#*: That part of education that turned up in the latest phase of our argument, the cross-examination of the empty pretence of wisdom, is none other, we must declare, than the true-blooded kind of sophistry.

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