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pretentious

[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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  • 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.
British Dictionary definitions for pretentiousness

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 pretentiousness

pretentious

adj.

1836, from French prétentieux (17c.), from prétention "pretension," from Medieval Latin pretentionem (nominative pretentio) "pretension," noun of action from past participle stem of Latin praetendere (see pretend (v.)).

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