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sham

noun

1 sham

Something that is a counterfeit; not what it seems to be.

synonyms: fake, postiche.

Roget 546: untruth, falsehood, lie, story, thing that is not, fib, bounce, crammer, taradiddle, whopper; jhuth.    forgery, fabrication, invention; ... show more

Dutch: bedrog
Polish: podróbka



2 sham

A person who makes deceitful pretenses.

synonyms: fake, faker, fraud, imposter, impostor, pretender, pseud, pseudo, role player, shammer.

Roget 545: deception; falseness etc. 544; untruth etc. 546; imposition, imposture; fraud, deceit, guile; fraudulence, fraudulency; ... show more

Roget 544: falsehood, falseness; falsity, falsification; deception etc. 545; untruth etc. 546; guile; lying etc. ... show more

Dutch: bedrieger, fraudeur, snoever, vervalser
Polish: impostor

verb

1 sham

Make a pretence of.

synonyms: assume, feign, simulate.

Dutch: fingeren, simuleren, veinzen, voorgeven, voorwenden

2 sham

Make believe with the intent to deceive:
— He shammed a headache.

synonyms: affect, dissemble, feign, pretend.

Roget 544: be false etc. adj., be a liar etc. 548; speak falsely etc. adv.; tell a lie etc. 546; lie, fib; ... show more

Dutch: femelen, huichelen, kwezelen

adjective

1 sham

Adopted in order to deceive:
— Sham modesty.

synonyms: assumed, false, fictitious, fictive, pretended, put on.

Roget 545: deceived etc. v.; deceiving &c.; cunning etc. 702; prestigious, prestigiatory; deceptive, deceptious; deceitful, ... show more


Moby thesaurus: Tartuffery, Tartuffism, act, act a part, acting, adulterated, affect, affectation, affected, affectedness, airs, airs and graces, alibi, ape, apocryphal, apology, appearance, artificial, artificiality, assume ... show more.

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