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From: DICT.TW English-Chinese Dictionary 英漢字典

 pre·tend·er /prɪˈtɛndɚ/

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Pre·tend·er n.
 1. One who lays claim, or asserts a title (to something); a claimant. Specifically, The pretender Eng. Hist., the son or the grandson of James II., the heir of the royal family of Stuart, who laid claim to the throne of Great Britain, from which the house was excluded by law.
    It is the shallow, unimproved intellects that are the confident pretenders to certainty.   --Glanvill.
 2. One who pretends, simulates, or feigns.

From: WordNet (r) 2.0

      n 1: a claimant to the throne or to the office of ruler (usually
           without just title)
      2: a person who makes deceitful pretenses [syn: imposter, impostor,
          fake, faker, fraud, sham, shammer, pseudo, pseud,
          role player]
      3: a person who professes beliefs and opinions that he does not
         hold [syn: hypocrite, dissembler, phony, phoney]