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Definition of sham:

  1. A false front, or removable ornamental covering.
  2. False; counterfeit; pretended; feigned; unreal; as, a sham fight.
  3. That which deceives expectation; any trick, fraud, or device that deludes and disappoint; a make- believe; delusion; imposture, humbug.
  4. To assume the manner and character of; to imitate; to ape; to feign.
  5. To make false pretenses; to deceive; to feign; to impose.
  6. To obtrude by fraud or imposition.
  7. To trick; to cheat; to deceive or delude with false pretenses.

Synonyms:

make believe, simulated, guess, put on, profess, suppositious, usurp, dissimulator, simulate, imitate, skulker, bear upon, fake, actor, false hair, forgery, masquerade, supposititious, hoax, humbug, accept, act, touch, spurious, model, touch on, juke, assume, take, malingerer, get into, affect, don, pietism, dissimulation, take over, same, role player, hazard, dupery, fictive, impostor, lying, pseud, strike, venture, presume, show, affectation, respect, mask, dissembler, feign, acting, farce, imitative, mistaken, untrue, cloak, take up, faker, arrogate, study at false, make, cant, disguise, true, imposter, fictitious, off-key, counterfeit, adopt, hairpiece, bogus, formalism, wear, assumed, bear on, honest, dissemble, involve, sanctimoniousness, regard, fabricated, acquire, sanctimony, hypocrite, player, bear, take for granted, fictional, hypocrisy, impress, phoney, postiche, fraud, pretender, false, move, faux, sour, fraudulent, fancied, mock, pharisaism, take on, shammer, delusive, pretended, seize, thespian, phony, pseudo, fraudulence, pretend, histrion, impact, dissemblance.

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