there, I got a sentence when I watched the televison "Lost". The sentence is "Please respect me enough to spare me the pretense that you are actually offended."

I am confused with "spare me the pretense", what's meaning of "spare" here? I looked up dictionary, but I still could not get a proper meaning for this sentence.




2.0 Refrain from killing, injuring, or distressing:

2.1 [WITH TWO OBJECTS] Refrain from inflicting (something unpleasant) on (someone):

Spare me is also an idiomatic set phrase:

spare someone something

to exempt someone from having to listen to or experience something.

I'll spare you the details and get to the point.

Please, spare me the story and tell me what you want.

  • It's curious how this word got to have two contradicting senses of give and refrain.
    – Færd
    Dec 13 '15 at 20:44

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