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- prætentious (rare, pedantic or (esp. self-referentially) humorous)
- Intended to impress others.
- Her dress was obviously more pretentious than comfortable.
- Marked by an unwarranted claim to importance or distinction.
- Their song titles are pretentious in the context of their basic lyrics.
- 2023 January 11, Stephen Roberts, “Bradshaw's Britain: castles and cathedrals”, in RAIL, number 974, page 56:
- The station (1840) was originally Cheltenham but the more grandiose Cheltenham Spa since 1925, which feels a bit pretentious as the town has never allowed itself to assume such airs and graces.
marked by an unwarranted claim to importance or distinction
intended to impress others
- ^ The Concise Oxford English Dictionary [Eleventh Edition]
- “pretentious”, in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, Springfield, Mass.: G. & C. Merriam, 1913, →OCLC.
- “pretentious”, in The Century Dictionary […], New York, N.Y.: The Century Co., 1911, →OCLC.
- “pretentious”, in OneLook Dictionary Search.