|Origin:||Perhaps from sham 'shame' (13-17 centuries), from shame|
someone or something that is not what they are claimed to be - used to show disapproval:
The elections were a complete sham.
2 [uncountable] literary
when someone tries to make something or someone seem better than they really are:
It all turned out to be sham and hypocrisy.
a cover for a pillow, especially one used for decoration