pretender


Also found in: Dictionary, Thesaurus, Legal, Wikipedia.

pretender

History a person who mounts a claim, as to a throne or title
References in classic literature ?
The first was Bell's clear, straightforward story of HOW HE DID IT, which rebuked and confounded the mob of pretenders.
And do you not also think, as I do, that the harsh feeling which the many entertain towards philosophy originates in the pretenders, who rush in uninvited, and are always abusing them, and finding fault with them, who make persons instead of things the theme of their conversation?
While the servants were busied in providing materials, the surgeon, who imputed the backwardness which had appeared in Sophia to her fears, began to comfort her with assurances that there was not the least danger; for no accident, he said, could ever happen in bleeding, but from the monstrous ignorance of pretenders to surgery, which he pretty plainly insinuated was not at present to be apprehended.
To say what good of fashion we can, it rests on reality, and hates nothing so much as pretenders; to exclude and mystify pretenders and send them into everlasting 'Coventry,' is its delight.
As to the clerks, he pronounced them mere pretenders, not one of whom had ever been among the Indians, nor farther to the northwest than Montreal, nor of higher rank than barkeeper of a tavern or marker of a billiard-table, excepting one, who had been a school-master, and whom he emphatically sets down for "as foolish a pedant as ever lived.
The local witch-doctor, knowing his own medicine better than any other knew it, was jealous of all other pretenders to accomplishments in the black art.
Kaya sasabihin ko sa inyo na may problema rin tayong isa because there is a pretender to the throne, assuming that I die within maybe tomorrow, next year, or next month,' Duterte said in a speech on Wednesday during the celebration of the 120th founding anniversary of the Presidential Security Group (PSG).
A thoughtful, introspective tale that examines the inner conflicts of its couple, The Beautiful Pretender is highly recommended.
Pretender modificar al vapor y sin consultar a los expertos--al menos el consejo ciudadano de seguridad publica se queja de ello--figuras tan arraigadas como las policias municipales; argumentando la descomposicion de estas, la falta de preparacion, equipamiento y lealtad a la ciudadania y sus vinculos con la delincuencia organizada, sustentandola solo en los hechos sucedidos en el municipio de Iguala en el estado de Guerrero, donde todo el cuerpo policiaco municipal estaba bajo las ordenes de los delincuentes.
Tsar and Pretender," one of the essays by Uspenskii reproduced in the new collection "Tsar and God," (2) was first published in English in 1984, in a volume of essays by Lotman and Uspenskii titled The Semiotics of Russian Culture, only two years after its appearance in Russian.
In order for a pretender to become a player, major changes in personality and thought patterns must take place.