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Dictionary definition for: Sham

1. (n) something that is a counterfeit; not what it seems to be

2. (v) make a pretence of; "She assumed indifference, even though she was seething with anger" "he feigned sleep"

3. (s) 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. (n) a person who makes deceitful pretenses

5. (v) make believe with the intent to deceive; "He feigned that he was ill" "He shammed a headache"

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