Definition of Pretentious

1. Adjective. Making claim to or creating an appearance of (often undeserved) importance or distinction. "A pretentious scholarly edition"




2. Adjective. Intended to attract notice and impress others. "An ostentatious sable coat"

3. Adjective. (of a display) tawdry or vulgar.
Exact synonyms: Ostentatious
Similar to: Tasteless
Derivative terms: Ostentatiousness, Pretentiousness

Definition of Pretentious

1. a. Full of pretension; disposed to lay claim to more than is one's; presuming; assuming.

Definition of Pretentious

1. Adjective. Marked by an unwarranted claim to importance or distinction. ¹

2. Adjective. Ostentatious; intended to impress others. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Pretentious

1. [adj]

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Pretentious

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pretenseful
pretenseless
pretenses
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pretensioning
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pretentious (current term)
pretentiously
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preterimperfect
preterimperfects
preterist
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preterit
preterite
preterite-present verb

Literary usage of Pretentious

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1. A Dictionary of Slang, Jargon & Cant: Embracing English, American, and Anglo by Albert Barrère, Charles Godfrey Leland (1890)
"Pinchbeck villas (journalistic), small cheap houses, mostly (in the suburbs of cities, bearing pretentious names, such as " The Oaks," " The Gables," &c. ..."

2. Dictionary of National Biography by LESLIE. STEPHEN (1892)
"... and is shown by his 'Original Letters and other Royal Authorities,' published under the pretentious title of 'Memoirs of the ..."

3. Annual Report by Fairmount Park Art Association (1903)
"... or has been less overawed by academic conventions, or the dictation of pretentious patronage. He has delivered his own personal message fearlessly and ..."

4. The English Historical Review by Mandell Creighton, Justin Winsor, Samuel Rawson Gardiner, Reginald Lane Poole, John Goronwy Edwards (1893)
"In other respects the book offers little that is new, in spite of the rather pretentious additional title which, like one of Balzac's or M. Zola's novels, ..."

5. The Bookman (1903)
"... class would consist of worn- out lords and useless mistresses, who would be as servile under the new conditions as they were pretentious under the old. ..."

6. Narrative and Critical History of America by Justin Winsor (1889)
"... or Ethnological Researches (Philad., 1854, 1859, 1871), met with a divided reception; the conservative theologians called it pretentious and false, ..."

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