Definitions for pretentiousprɪˈtɛn ʃəs
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making claim to or creating an appearance of (often undeserved) importance or distinction
"a pretentious country house"; "a pretentious fraud"; "a pretentious scholarly edition"
intended to attract notice and impress others
"an ostentatious sable coat"
(of a display) tawdry or vulgar
Marked by an unwarranted claim to importance or distinction.
Their song titles are pretentious in the context of their basic lyrics.
Ostentatious; intended to impress others.
Her dress was obviously more pretentious than comfortable.
Origin: From prétentieux, from prétention, from praetensus, past participle of praetendo.
full of pretension; disposed to lay claim to more than is one's; presuming; assuming
Origin: [Cf. F. prtentieux. See Pretend.]
Sample Sentences & Example Usage
A pretentious way of saying 'selected,'.
The smaller the understanding of the situation, the more pretentious the form of expression.
The downside to being better than everyone is that people seem to think you are pretentious.
Marty This pretentious ponderous collection of religious rock psalms is enough to prompt the question, What day did the Lord create Spinal Tap, and couldn't he have rested on that day too'
I'm the guy you probably hate. Born in the States, educated in the UK and now living in Europe. Oh did I mention I'm self employed and travel a lot? And, no I'm not shallow or pretentious, those are just your own preconceived notions about me.
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- مغرور, الطنانةArabic
- pretenciós, ostentósCatalan, Valencian
- protzig, prätentiösGerman
- macanudo, pretenciosoSpanish
- mahtaileva, näyttäväFinnish
- pretensiøsNorwegian Nynorsk
- претенциозный, показнойRussian
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