pretentious

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From French prétentieux, from prétention, from Latin praetensus ‎(false or hypocritical profession), past participle of praetendō.

Note that pretentious is spelled with a ‘t’ (-tious), unlike related pretense, pretension. This is due to the French spelling: *-sious does not occur as an English suffix, though -sion and -tion both do.

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pretentious ‎(comparative more pretentious, superlative most pretentious)

  1. Marked by an unwarranted claim to importance or distinction.
    Their song titles are pretentious in the context of their basic lyrics.
  2. Ostentatious; intended to impress others.
    Her dress was obviously more pretentious than comfortable.

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  1. ^ The Concise Oxford English Dictionary [Eleventh Edition]