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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Example sentences
There's not a hint of pretentiousness, beer snobbery or otherwise, from the staff to the patrons.
In fact, his poems almost seem to consist of what is left after all pretentiousness is edited away.
The pretentiousness of these dealings and of proficiency in foreign languages is quite opposite.
He also relays his views of pretentiousness in twentieth-century society.
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