Definition of Pretentiousness

1. Noun. Lack of elegance as a consequence of being pompous and puffed up with vanity.




2. Noun. The quality of being pretentious (behaving or speaking in such a manner as to create a false appearance of great importance or worth).
Exact synonyms: Largeness, Pretension
Generic synonyms: Unnaturalness
Specialized synonyms: Ostentation
Derivative terms: Large, Pretentious
Antonyms: Unpretentiousness

Definition of Pretentiousness

1. Noun. The quality of being pretentious. ¹

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Definition of Pretentiousness

1. [n -ES]

Lexicographical Neighbors of Pretentiousness

pretense
pretensed
pretenseful
pretenseless
pretenses
pretension
pretensioned
pretensioning
pretensionless
pretensions
pretentative
pretention
pretentions
pretentious
pretentiously
pretentiousness
pretentiousnesses
preter-
preter-human
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preterient
preterimperfect
preterimperfects
preterist
preterists
preterit
preterite
preterite-present verb
preteriteness
preterites

Literary usage of Pretentiousness

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Russia's Railway Advance Into Central Asia by Dobson, George (1890)
"... Kalmucks and Kirghiz by Cossack cavalry—Russia's power of assimilation and coalescence—Carlj le's opinion —Vladikavkaz—Pretentiousness of Russian names ..."

2. The "goldfish": Being the Confessions of a Successful Man by Arthur Cheney Train (1914)
"... a Sunday together in the country; but the artificiality and insincerity of smart society is far less offensive than the pretentiousness of mere wealth. ..."

3. Helpful Hints on Writing and Reading by Grenville Kleiser (1911)
"SHELLEY AVOID Pretentiousness Nothing is more opposed to the beauty of naturalness than the pains people take to express ordinary, every-day matters with an ..."

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