Sham – meaning of the word

Something that is not what it seems to be and is intended to deceive people, or someone who pretends to be something they are not. (Cambridge Dictionary)

To pretend. (Cambridge Dictionary)

Only pretending to be real; false. (Cambridge Dictionary)

Something that is a sham is not real or is not really what it seems to be. (Collins Dictionary)

A trick that deludes: Hoax. (Merriam – Webster)

Cheap falseness: Hypocrisy. (Merriam – Webster)

A thing that is not what it is purported to be. (Oxford Dictionaries)

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