someone shirking their duty by feigning illness or incapacity
a person who makes deceitful pretenses
- Sham is sham and the mask must be stripped off.
- His love was a sham; he only wanted her money.
- She claims to know all about computers but really she's a sham.
- Stealth technology is hardly a sham.
- They cunningly played the game of sham peace.
- The improvement is genuine, not a sham.