pretension

1 [pri-ten-shuhn]
noun
1.
the laying of a claim to something.
2.
a claim or title to something.
3.
Often, pretensions. a claim made, especially indirectly or by implication, to some quality, merit, or the like: They laughed at my pretensions to superior judgment.
4.
a claim to dignity, importance, or merit.
6.
the act of pretending or alleging.
7.
an allegation of doubtful veracity.
8.
a pretext.

Origin:
1590–1600; < Medieval Latin praetēnsiōn- (stem of praetēnsiō). See pretense, -ion

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pretension

2 [pree-ten-shuhn]
verb (used with object)
1.
(in prestressed-concrete construction) to apply tension to (reinforcing strands) before the concrete is poured. Compare posttension ( def 1 ).
2.
to make (a concrete member) with pretensioned reinforcement.

Origin:
1935–40; pre- + tension

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pretension (prɪˈtɛnʃən)
 
n
1.  (often plural) a false or unsupportable claim, esp to merit, worth, or importance
2.  a specious or unfounded allegation; pretext
3.  the state or quality of being pretentious

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Example sentences
From first to last, this amusing pretension has garnished his public oratory,
  and the responses of fluent sycophants.
Your arrogant pretension of truth is what deserves pity.
It lacks any pretension to depth as a psychological portrait.
Erudition is valued, and so is a smattering of pretension.
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