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pretentious (adj.)

"characterized by or full of claims to greater excellence or importance than the truth merits," 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.)). Related: Pretentiously; pretentiousness.

updated on October 28, 2020

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Definitions of pretentious from WordNet

pretentious (adj.)
making claim to or creating an appearance of (often undeserved) importance or distinction;
a pretentious scholarly edition
a pretentious fraud
a pretentious country house
pretentious (adj.)
(of a display) tawdry or vulgar;
Synonyms: ostentatious
pretentious (adj.)
intended to attract notice and impress others;
Synonyms: ostentatious
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