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[pri-ten-shuh s] /prɪˈtɛn ʃəs/
adjective
1.
characterized by assumption of dignity or importance, especially when exaggerated or undeserved:
a pretentious, self-important waiter.
2.
making an exaggerated outward show; ostentatious.
3.
full of pretense or pretension.
Origin
1835-1845
1835-45; earlier pretensious. See pretense, -ious
Related forms
pretentiously, adverb
pretentiousness, noun
Can be confused
portentous, pretentious.
Synonyms
2. pompous. See bombastic. 3. showy. See grandiose.
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British Dictionary definitions for pretentiously

pretentious

/prɪˈtɛnʃəs/
adjective
1.
making claim to distinction or importance, esp undeservedly
2.
having or creating a deceptive outer appearance of great worth; ostentatious
Derived Forms
pretentiously, adverb
pretentiousness, noun
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Word Origin and History for pretentiously
pretentious
1845, from Fr. prétentieux (17c.), from prétention "pretension," from M.L. pretentionem (nom. pretentio) "pretension," from L.L. prætensus "pretend" (see pretense).
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