pretext, pretence, pretense, guise
n. an artful or simulated semblance; "under the guise of friendship he betrayed them"
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n. any distracting or deceptive maneuver (as a mock attack)
dissimulation, dissembling, deceit, deception
n. the act of deceiving
show, appearance
n. pretending that something is the case in order to make a good impression; "they try to keep up appearances"; "that ceremony is just for show"
n. making a false outward show; "a beggar's masquerade of wealth"
n. a thing made to be similar or identical to another thing; "she made a copy of the designer dress"; "the clone was a copy of its ancestor"
autotype, facsimile
n. an exact copy or reproduction
n. activity that tries to conceal something; "no mask could conceal his ignorance"; "they moved in under a mask of friendship"
semblance, likeness
n. picture consisting of a graphic image of a person or thing
visual aspect, appearance
n. outward or visible aspect of a person or thing
n. (obsolete) a combination of elements (of dryness and warmth or of the four humors) that was once believed to determine a person's health and temperament
visage, countenance
n. the appearance conveyed by a person's face; "a pleasant countenance"; "a stern visage"
facial expression, face, aspect, look, expression
n. the feelings expressed on a person's face; "a sad expression"; "a look of triumph"; "an angry face"
n. the advancing of a claim; "his pretension to the crown"; "the town still puts forward pretensions as a famous resort"
deportment, conduct, behaviour, behavior, demeanour, demeanor
n. (behavioral attributes) the way a person behaves toward other people
theatrical role, persona, part, role, character
n. an actor's portrayal of someone in a play; "she played the part of Desdemona"
window dressing, facade
n. a showy misrepresentation intended to conceal something unpleasant
dissembling, feigning, pretence, pretense
n. pretending with intention to deceive
masquerade party, mask, masque, masquerade
n. a party of guests wearing costumes and masks
front line, front, battlefront
n. the line along which opposing armies face each other
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