Definitions for pretentiousprɪˈtɛn ʃəs
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Random House Webster's College Dictionary
full of pretension; characterized by the assumption of dignity, importance, artistic distinction, etc.
making an exaggerated outward show; ostentatious; showy.
* Syn: See bombastic. See also grandiose.
Origin of pretentious:
1835–45; earlier pretensious. See pretense,-ious
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
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