Definitions for pretentiousprɪˈtɛn ʃəs

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

pre•ten•tious*prɪˈtɛn ʃəs(adj.)

  1. full of pretension; characterized by the assumption of dignity, importance, artistic distinction, etc.

  2. making an exaggerated outward show; ostentatious; showy.

* Syn: See bombastic. See also grandiose.

Origin of pretentious:

1835–45; earlier pretensious. See pretense,-ious


Princeton's WordNet

  1. pretentious(adj)

    making claim to or creating an appearance of (often undeserved) importance or distinction

    "a pretentious country house"; "a pretentious fraud"; "a pretentious scholarly edition"

  2. ostentatious, pretentious(adj)

    intended to attract notice and impress others

    "an ostentatious sable coat"

  3. ostentatious, pretentious(adj)

    (of a display) tawdry or vulgar


  1. pretentious(Adjective)

    Marked by an unwarranted claim to importance or distinction.

    Their song titles are pretentious in the context of their basic lyrics.

  2. pretentious(Adjective)

    Ostentatious; intended to impress others.

    Her dress was obviously more pretentious than comfortable.

  3. Origin: From prétentieux, from prétention, from praetensus, past participle of praetendo.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Pretentious(adj)

    full of pretension; disposed to lay claim to more than is one's; presuming; assuming

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