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  • n  something that is a counterfeit; not what it seems to be
  • n  a person who makes deceitful pretenses
  • v  make a pretence of
  • v  make believe with the intent to deceive
    He shammed a headache
  • s  adopted in order to deceive
    sham modesty

  • Instead, the government men forced villagers to participate in a constitutional referendum that critics have labeled a sham dedicated to legitimizing the military's grip on power.
  • SENATOR JOHN McCAIN: Well, we lead; we condemn the sham, corrupt election.
  • The sham company that received it, "Educational Funding Services" of Los Angeles, gave as its address a mail drop a few blocks from Scientology's headquarters.
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  • President Bush in BBC News
    I care deeply about the people of Zimbabwe, I am extremely disappointed in the elections which I labelled a sham election,Mr Bush said.
  • John McCain in New York Times
    He should speak out that this is a corrupt, flawed sham of an election,Mr. McCain said in an interview Tuesday on NBC's "Today" show. "The Iranian people have been deprived of their rights."

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