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pretence

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The optimist proclaims that we live in the best of all possible worlds, and the pessimist fears this is true.
James Branch Cabell
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From Middle French pretensse, from Late Latin prætensus (past participle of prætendere, præ- + tendere).

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  1. (Commonwealth): An act of pretending or pretension; a false claim or pretext.
    • 2005, Plato, Sophist. Translation by Lesley Brown. 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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