What is Pretence ?
Pretence is (noun) 1. the act of making someone believe something which is untrue, the action of pretending He kept up the pretence of being in love with her while he was seeing another girl. All this talk about his aristocratic connections is mere pretence or is just a pretence. They made a pretence of being interested. 2. by false pretences by doing or saying something to cheat someone He was sent to prison for obtaining money by false pretences. (NOTE: [all senses] The US spelling is pretense.)
source: Easier English, Student Dictionary Upper Intermediate Level