Pretentious definition

prĭ-tĕnshəs
Showing or betraying an attitude of superiority.

Made pretentious remarks about his education.

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Marked by an extravagant or presumptuous outward show; ostentatious.

A pretentious house.

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Claiming that or behaving as if one is important or deserving of merit when such is not the case.

A pretentious socialite.

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Making claims, explicit or implicit, to some distinction, importance, dignity, or excellence.
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Affectedly grand; ostentatious.
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The definition of pretentious is someone or something that claims to be very important or grand.

An example of pretentious is someone saying they deserve a table in a crowded restaurant because of who they are.

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Marked by an unwarranted claim to importance or distinction.

Their song titles are pretentious in the context of their basic lyrics.

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Ostentatious; intended to impress others.

Her dress was obviously more pretentious than comfortable.

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Origin of pretentious

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

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