PRETENCE's Sentences and Contexts

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 Sentences of pretence
n. act of pretending or pretension; a false claim or pretext..
And so, under pretence of softening the previous outrage, of stroking and soothing me into placidity, you stick a sly penknife under my ear!
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For myself, I am fighting my way on in the world against difficulties, and it would be ridiculous if I made a pretence of doing anything else.
David Copperfield By Charles Dickens Context
In the mean time, Herbert and I were to consider separately what it would be best to say; whether we should devise any pretence of being afraid that he was under suspicious observation; or whether I, who had never yet been abroad, should propose an expedition.
Great Expectations By Charles Dickens Context
Sparsit, and as he had already caught her eye and seen that she was going to ask him something, he made a pretence of arranging the rulers, inkstands, and so forth, while that lady went on with her tea, glancing through the open window, down into the street.
Hard Times By Charles Dickens Context
When they arrived there, Rose left Oliver in the coach, under pretence of preparing the old gentleman to receive him; and sending up her card by the servant, requested to see Mr.
Oliver Twist By Charles Dickens Context
When they have more of pretence than reality, it will be well either to dispense with them altogether, or resorting to them, to keep them, like the muleteers of Sulpitius, in the background, so that they be not too readily found out.
Discourses on the First Decade of Titus Livius By Niccolo Machiavelli Context
He had previously communicated his plan to the former, who aided the deceit by quitting his house, under the pretence of a journey and concealed himself, with his daughter, in an obscure part of Paris.
Frankenstein By Mary Wollstonecraft (Godwin) Shelley Context
To remedy which, there was a sort of people bred up among us in the profession, or pretence, of curing the sick.
Gulliver's Travels(V2) By Jonathan Swift Context
Moreover, we are knights and soldiers as well as men of religion, and shame it were to us upon any pretence, to refuse proffered combat.
Ivanhoe By Walter Scott Context
One of the guards, who had a hook on the end of his cudgel, made a pretence from time to time, of stirring up this mass of human filth.
Les Misérables (V4) By Victor Hugo Context
In town I believe he chiefly lived, but his studying the law was a mere pretence, and being now free from all restraint, his life was a life of idleness and dissipation.
Pride and Prejudice By Jane Austen Context
This afternoon during my temporary absence in London on an important question of romance, he obtained admission to my house by means of the false pretence of being my brother.
The Importance of Being Earnest By Oscar Wilde Context