a claimant to the throne or to the office of ruler (usually without just title)
a person who makes deceitful pretenses
a person who professes beliefs and opinions that he or she does not hold in order to conceal his or her real feelings or motives
- He is a pretender to philosophy.
- No one wants to be a great pretender.
- The rebel forces are led by the pretender to the throne.
- A humiliated pretender governed a rump kingdom from Bourges in the south.
A..laughable pretender, whose periodical attempts to win the throne of France always ended..in ridicule.出自：Times Literary Supplement