[syn: hypocrite, dissembler, dissimulator, phony, phoney, pretender]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Pretender \Pre*tend"er\, n.
1. One who lays claim, or asserts a title (to something); a
claimant. Specifically, The pretender (Eng. Hist.), the
son or the grandson of James II., the heir of the royal
family of Stuart, who laid claim to the throne of Great
Britain, from which the house was excluded by law.
It is the shallow, unimproved intellects that are
the confident pretenders to certainty. --Glanvill.
2. One who pretends, simulates, or feigns.
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
n 1: a claimant to the throne or to the office of ruler (usually
without just title)
2: a person who makes deceitful pretenses [syn: imposter,
impostor, pretender, fake, faker, fraud, sham,
shammer, pseudo, pseud, role player]
3: a person who professes beliefs and opinions that he or she
does not hold in order to conceal his or her real feelings or
motives [syn: hypocrite, dissembler, dissimulator,
phony, phoney, pretender]
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:
41 Moby Thesaurus words for "pretender":
actor, affecter, arrogator, aspirant, blagueur, bluff, bluffer,
candidate, charlatan, claimant, deceiver, fake, faker, fourflusher,
fraud, hollow man, humbug, impersonator, impostor, malingerer,
man of straw, mannerist, mountebank, paper tiger, performer, phony,
playactor, poser, poseur, quack, quacksalver, quackster, ringer,
rival, saltimbanco, seeker, sham, shammer, straw man, suitor,