Definition of Pretender

1. Noun. A claimant to the throne or to the office of ruler (usually without just title).

Generic synonyms: Claimant
Derivative terms: Pretend



2. Noun. A person who makes deceitful pretenses.
Exact synonyms: Fake, Faker, Fraud, Imposter, Impostor, Pseud, Pseudo, Role Player, Sham, Shammer
Generic synonyms: Beguiler, Cheat, Cheater, Deceiver, Slicker, Trickster
Specialized synonyms: Name Dropper, Ringer
Derivative terms: Fake, Fake, Fake, Fake, Fake, Pretend, Pretend, Sham, Sham, Sham, Sham

3. Noun. 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.

Definition of Pretender

1. n. One who lays claim, or asserts a title (to something); a claimant.

Definition of Pretender

1. Noun. A person who professes beliefs and opinions that they do not hold. ¹

2. Noun. A claimant to an abolished or already occupied throne. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Pretender

1. one that pretends [n -S] - See also: pretends

Lexicographical Neighbors of Pretender

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pretender (current term)
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Literary usage of Pretender

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. The Works of Tennyson by Alfred Tennyson Tennyson, Hallam Tennyson Tennyson (1908)
"He entered into a secret engagement with the pretender, who readily ... The pretender took the field with an insignificant miscellaneous army of some 4000 ..."

2. The Cambridge Modern History by John Emerich Edward Dalberg Acton Acton, Ernest Alfred Benians, Sir Adolphus William Ward, George Walter Prothero (1908)
"He entered into a secret engagement •with the pretender, who readily ... The pretender took the field with an insignificant miscellaneous army of some 4000 ..."

3. A Complete Collection of State Trials and Proceedings for High Treason and ...by Thomas Bayly Howell, William Cobbett by Thomas Bayly Howell, William Cobbett (1816)
"Layer farther said, that the pretender again repeated his surprize at his having no recommendation from any person in England ; but said, I am informed by ..."

4. The Life and Strange Surprizing Adventures of Robinson Crusoe, of York by Daniel Defoe (1790)
"... no plot in favour of the pretender- except in the ... that De Foe had done more to keep out the pretender, than the political tribe, who profited from ..."

5. The History of England by David Hume, Tobias George Smollett (1825)
"The earl of Mar sets up the pretender's standard in Scotland—S XXIII. ... The pretender proclaimed in the north of England by the earl of Derwentwater and ..."

6. The Nineteenth Century (1896)
"KING AND pretender IN ROME LET us suppose that Don Carlos, ... Let us further suppose that the person of the pretender should be made inviolable, ..."

7. The History of Modern Europe: With an Account of the Decline and Fall of the by William Russell (1802)
"But be that as it may, we know that a measure fatal to the pretender's views was adopted by the British ministry, in order to quiet the fears of the elector ..."

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