Definitions of sham

  1. make believe; " He feigned that he was ill"; " He shammed a headache"
  2. make a pretence of; " She assumed indifference, even though she was seething with anger"; " he feigned sleep"
  3. adopted in order to deceive; " an assumed name"; " an assumed cheerfulness"; " a fictitious address"; " fictive sympathy"; " a pretended interest"; " a put- on childish voice"; " sham modesty"
  4. something that is a counterfeit; not what it seems to be
  5. a person who makes deceitful pretenses
  6. make believe with the intent to deceive; " He feigned that he was ill"; " He shammed a headache"
  7. That which deceives expectation; any trick, fraud, or device that deludes and disappoint; a make- believe; delusion; imposture, humbug.
  8. A false front, or removable ornamental covering.
  9. False; counterfeit; pretended; feigned; unreal; as, a sham fight.
  10. To trick; to cheat; to deceive or delude with false pretenses.
  11. To obtrude by fraud or imposition.
  12. To assume the manner and character of; to imitate; to ape; to feign.
  13. To make false pretenses; to deceive; to feign; to impose.
  14. That which deceives; a trick, fraud, or make- believe.
  15. Feigned; false.
  16. To pretend in order to deceive; feign; as, to sham death.
  17. Shammed.
  18. Shamming.
  19. A pretence: that which deceives expectation: imposture.
  20. Pretended: false.
  21. To pretend: to feign: to impose upon.
  22. To make false pretences:- pr. p. shamming; pa. t. and pa. p. shammed.
  23. Pretence; imposture.
  24. To pretend; feign.
  25. To pretend falsely; feign.
  26. Pretended; counterfeit.
  27. A false pretense; imposture; deception.
  28. A pretender; impostor.
  29. False; counterfeit; pretended.
  30. That which deceives expectation; imposture.
  31. To deceive; to trick; to cheat; to feign.
  32. To make false pretences. To sham Abraham, to feign sickness.
  33. Something that deceives expectation; a pretence; an imposture.
  34. False; pretended.
  35. To pretend in order to deceive; to counterfeit; to make false pretences.

Usage examples for sham

  1. Then he turned away from her side of the fire, and began talking to Mrs. Marsham on the other. – Can You Forgive Her? by Anthony Trollope
  2. " Mr. Bott is going to marry Mrs. Marsham. – Can You Forgive Her? by Anthony Trollope
  3. I don't want another hour of sham happiness. – The Fruit of the Tree by Edith Wharton
  4. Sham bundles of paper or straw, weighing little, were thus used as kite- tails to the letters. – Stage-coach and Tavern Days by Alice Morse Earle
  5. We enter our protest very strongly against the use of sham jewellery, though we must own without much hope of success, for, it must be admitted, that a great quantity of it is exceedingly pretty. – Routledge's Manual of Etiquette by George Routledge
  6. I am a gilded sham – Polly Oliver's Problem by Kate Douglas Smith Wiggin
  7. " It's some sham some falsehood," said the Squire. – Ralph the Heir by Anthony Trollope
  8. " I am quite well aware that your illness has been all a sham – Madeline Payne, the Detective's Daughter by Lawrence L. Lynch
  9. If deliberation and choice when applied to mental processes are used in the same sense as when these terms are used as descriptive of the proceedings of a committee, then we can all agree that deliberation would be as great a sham as it would be if the members of a committee before meeting had determined upon their decision. – Determinism or Free-Will? by Chapman Cohen
  10. I don't want a sham expert with her nose in the air. – The Rustle of Silk by Cosmo Hamilton
  11. This tidy, enlarged, forms an elegant design for a pillow- sham – The Art of Modern Lace Making by The Butterick Publishing Co.
  12. See the Sham Squire, p. – An Illustrated History of Ireland from AD 400 to 1800 by Mary Frances Cusack
  13. Does anybody regard it as anything but a sham and a burden? – The Complete Essays of C. D. Warner by Charles Dudley Warner
  14. He whose desires are drawn towards knowledge in every form will be absorbed in the pleasures of the soul, and will hardly feel bodily pleasure- I mean, if he be a true philosopher and not a sham one. – Plato's Republic by Plato
  15. His heroic death was a sham – The Scarlet Feather by Houghton Townley
  16. My faint authority was a sham – The Thing from the Lake by Eleanor M. Ingram
  17. Yet the sham was curiously unpleasant to me. – The King's Mirror by Anthony Hope
  18. The mask was gilded; the sham lips were painted red and round the eye- holes were black lines. – The Yellow God An Idol of Africa by H. Rider Haggard
  19. Don't you suppose I see through all the sham science and sham art and sham everything we're surrounded with? – The Glimpses of the Moon by Edith Wharton
  20. I wanted those dear women to have a real Christmas merry- making, not a sham affair. – Polly and the Princess by Emma C. Dowd