House, M.D., was a series from the get go, so no worries about pretentiousness.
The infamous cable about the pretentiousness, quirks, and unpredictability of Muammar Gaddafi is but one example.
She loved the wayward and the desolate: pretentiousness in any disguise was the one thing she suspected and could not tolerate.
I can see none of that pretentiousness that Edith Bryce led us to expect.'
Nevertheless he regarded it as essentially absurd in its pretentiousness.
I am no politician, nor given to tricks nor to pretentiousness.
Anecdotes were told of his self-assurance, his vanity, his pretentiousness.
While tolerant of kinds in literature, he should be intolerant of pretentiousness.
The novelty of the thing, and the pretentiousness in which he had swaddled it, had deceived them finely.
But I know now that my blush was far more unworthy than his freedom from all pretentiousness in matters of art.
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.)).