pretentiously

pretentious

[pri-ten-shuhs]
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:
1835–45; earlier pretensious. See pretense, -ious

pretentiously, adverb
pretentiousness, noun

portentous, pretentious.


2. pompous. See bombastic. 3. showy. See grandiose.
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pretentious (prɪˈtɛnʃəs)
 
adj
1.  making claim to distinction or importance, esp undeservedly
2.  having or creating a deceptive outer appearance of great worth; ostentatious
 
pre'tentiously
 
adv
 
pre'tentiousness
 
n

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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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