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Word: pretend

Definition: feign; pretend to: claim to possess; make pretensions to; Ex. I don't pretend to much expertise; N. pretense


Sentences Containing 'pretend'

I certainly have had my share of beauty, but I do not pretend to be anything extraordinary now.
``I can not pretend to be sorry,''said Wickham, after a short interruption,``that he or that any man should not be estimated beyond their deserts; but with him I believe it does not often happen.
``How near it may be to mine, I can not pretend to say.
``I do not pretend to possess equal frankness with your ladyship.
You are not going to be missish, I hope, and pretend to be affronted at an idle report.
The pond rises and falls, but whether regularly or not, and within what period, nobody knows, though, as usual, many pretend to know.
``You pretend not to know, because government was not rich enough.''
``Oh, yes; do you pretend that all this has been unobserved at the minister's?''
``Oh, I will find it,''he cried;``you may pretend he is not here, but I will find him, though I dig forever!''
If this be true, for I pretend not to affirm it, it is as if a corn farmer expected to defray the expense of his cultivation with the chaff and the straw, and that the grain should be all clear profit.
The prices, indeed, which Fleetwood has been able to collect, seem to have been those chiefly which were remarkable for extraordinary dearness or cheapness; and I do not pretend that any very certain conclusion can be drawn from them.
I certainly do not pretend that the knowledge of this distinction will enable him to buy cheaper.
Whether the trade, either of Scotland in general, or of the city of Glasgow in particular, has really increased in so great a proportion, during so short a period, I do not pretend to know.
I do not, however, pretend to warrant either the greatness of the sum, or the shortness of the time.
Of the former extent, however, of this now ruined and abandoned fishery, I must acknowledge that I cannot pretend to speak with much precision.
That this union, however, could be easily effectuated, or that difficulties, and great difficulties, might not occur in the execution, I do not pretend.
In the schools, the youth are taught, or at least may be taught, Greek and Latin; that is, everything which the masters pretend to teach, or which it is expected they should teach.
What may be the amount of the whole expense which the church, either of Berne, or of any other protestant canton, costs the state, I do not pretend to know.
All taxes, they pretend, fall ultimately upon the rent of land, and ought, therefore, to be imposed equally upon the fund which must finally pay them.
Genoa and Venice, the only two remaining which can pretend to an independent existence, have both been enfeebled by it.
The military establishment which she maintains for her own defence in time of peace, is more moderate than that of any European state, which can pretend to rival her either in wealth or in power.
Not in one case out of a hundred can we pretend to assign any reason why this or that part has varied.
I do not pretend that the facts given in this chapter strengthen in any great degree my theory; but none of the cases of difficulty, to the best of my judgment, annihilate it.
Nor do I pretend that the foregoing remarks go to the root of the matter: no explanation is offered why an organism, when placed under unnatural conditions, is rendered sterile.
Nevertheless, they do not pretend that they can define, or even conjecture, which are the created forms of life, and which are those produced by secondary laws.
In vain, therefore, should we pretend to determine any single event, or infer any cause or effect, without the assistance of observation and experience.
In vain do you pretend to have learned the nature of bodies from your past experience.
If I be right, I pretend not to have made any mighty discovery.
By employing that word, we pretend not to have given the ultimate reason of such a propensity.
But do we pretend to be acquainted with the nature of the human soul and the nature of an idea, or the aptitude of the one to produce the other?
Will any one pretend to assign the ultimate reason of these boundaries, or show why the power is deficient in one case, not in another.
Where then is the power, of which we pretend to be conscious?
I pretend not to have obviated or removed all objections to this theory, with regard to necessity and liberty.
If the falsehood of his testimony would be more miraculous, than the event which he relates; then, and not till then, can he pretend to command my belief or opinion.
If you cannot make out this point, you allow, that your conclusion fails; and you pretend not to establish the conclusion in a greater latitude than the phenomena of nature will justify.
But when philosophers, who pretend to neglect authority, and to cultivate reason, hold the same discourse, I pay them not, I own, the same obsequious submission and pious deference.
There was another boy, one Tommy Traddles, who I dreaded would make game of it, and pretend to be dreadfully frightened of me.
'Edward,' replied my mother, timidly, 'you are a far better judge of all questions than I pretend to be.
Now don't pretend not to have a memory, because you and I know better.'
'Well then,' returned my aunt, softened by the reply, 'how can you pretend to be wool-gathering, Dick, when you are as sharp as a surgeon's lancet?
'You pretend to have bought it for yourself, but you have really done so to confer a benefit on him.
I was debating whether I should pretend that I was not well, and fly--I don't know where--upon my gallant grey, when Dora and Miss Mills met me.
They pretend that Sophy has a lock of it in her desk, and is obliged to shut it in a clasped book, to keep it down.
said my aunt, with an air of unqualified approbation; 'and never pretend to be anything else, for I know better!'
Kitty, dear, let's pretend--' And here I wish I could tell you half the things Alice used to say, beginning with her favourite phrase 'Let's pretend.'
Do let's pretend that I'm a hungry hyaena, and you're a bone.'
Let's pretend there's a way of getting through into it, somehow, Kitty.
Let's pretend the glass has got all soft like gauze, so that we can get through.
Some pretend to see a difference between the Greenland whale of the English and the right whale of the Americans.
How is it, that you, a mere oarsman in the fishery, pretend to know aught about the subterranean parts of the whale?

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