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.]
The numerical value of pretentious in Chaldean Numerology is: 5
The numerical value of pretentious in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9
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'
Quotation ... A writer expresses himself in words that have been used before because they give his meaning better than he can give it himself, or because they are beautiful or witty, or because he expects them to touch a cord of association in his reader, or because he wishes to show that he is learned and well read. Quotations due to the last motive are invariably ill-advised the discerning reader detects it and is contemptuous the undiscerning is perhaps impressed, but even then is at the same time repelled, pretentious quotations being the surest road to tedium.
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Translations for pretentious
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- مغرور, الطنانةArabic
- pretenciós, ostentósCatalan, Valencian
- protzig, prätentiösGerman
- macanudo, pretenciosoSpanish
- mahtaileva, näyttäväFinnish
- pretensiøsNorwegian Nynorsk
- претенциозный, показнойRussian
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