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προσποιέομαι

Φιλοκαλοῦμέν τε γὰρ μετ' εὐτελείας καὶ φιλοσοφοῦμεν ἄνευ μαλακίας -> Our love of what is beautiful does not lead to extravagance; our love of the things of the mind does not makes us soft.
Τhucydides, 2.40.1

English (Strong)

middle voice from πρός and ποιέω; to do forward for oneself, i.e. pretend (as if about to do a thing): make as though.