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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

Quotes of sham

  1. This is not a sham not a game This is the real stuff – Marion Barry
  2. It's all a sham I have seen and I know firsthand indeed from my own pen how the organized Right has sabotaged not only journalism but also democracy and truth – David Brock
  3. Resignation not mystic not detached but resignation open -eyed conscious and informed by love is the only one of our feelings for which it is impossible to become a sham – Joseph Conrad
  4. At root fame is a sham I'm not going to live forever and if I am I certainly need don't you to tell me that so that I will buy a car or a box of dried up crackers – Nick Mancuso
  5. If you cannot learn to love real art at least learn to hate sham art – William Morris
  6. Our assessment of socio -economic worth is largely a sham We scientists should not lend ourselves to it though we routinely do We should instead insist on applying the criterion of quality – John Charles Polanyi
  7. An able disinterested public -spirited press with trained intelligence to know the right and courage to do it can preserve that public virtue without which popular government is a sham and a mockery – Joseph Pulitzer
  8. There is no religion without love and people may talk as much as they like about their religion but if it does not teach them to be good and kind to man and beast it is all a sham – Anna Sewell
  9. There are many sham diamonds in this life which pass for real and vice versa – William Makepeace Thackeray
  10. Organized religion is a sham and a crutch for weak -minded people who need strength in numbers It tells people to go out and stick their noses in other people's business – Jesse Ventura
  11. Champagne for my real friends and real pain for my sham friends – Tom Waits

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

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