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pre·ten·tious

 (prĭ-tĕn′shəs)
adj.
1. Claiming that or behaving as if one is important or deserving of merit when such is not the case: a pretentious socialite.
2. Showing or betraying an attitude of superiority: made pretentious remarks about his education.
3. Marked by an extravagant or presumptuous outward show; ostentatious: a pretentious house. See Synonyms at showy.

pre·ten′tious·ly adv.
pre·ten′tious·ness n.

pretentious

(prɪˈtɛnʃəs)
adj
1. making claim to distinction or importance, esp undeservedly
2. having or creating a deceptive outer appearance of great worth; ostentatious
preˈtentiously adv
preˈtentiousness n

pre•ten•tious

(prɪˈtɛn ʃəs)

adj.
1. full of pretension; characterized by the assumption of dignity, importance, artistic distinction, etc.
2. making an exaggerated outward show; ostentatious; showy.
[1835–45; earlier pretensious. See pretense, -ious]
pre•ten′tious•ly, adv.
pre•ten′tious•ness, n.
syn: See bombastic. See also grandiose.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.pretentious - making claim to or creating an appearance of (often undeserved) importance or distinction; "a pretentious country house"; "a pretentious fraud"; "a pretentious scholarly edition"
tasteless - lacking aesthetic or social taste
unpretentious - lacking pretension or affectation; "an unpretentious country church"; "her quiet unpretentious demeanor"
2.pretentious - intended to attract notice and impress others; "an ostentatious sable coat"
3.pretentious - (of a display) tawdry or vulgar
tasteless - lacking aesthetic or social taste

pretentious

pretentious

adjective
1. Characterized by an exaggerated show of dignity or self-importance:
Informal: highfalutin.
2. Marked by outward, often extravagant display:
Translations
pretenţios

pretentious

[prɪˈtenʃəs] ADJ (= affected) → pretencioso; (= ostentatious and vulgar) → cursi

pretentious

[prɪˈtɛnʃəs] adjprétentieux/euse

pretentious

adj (= pretending to be important)anmaßend; speech, style, bookhochtrabend, hochgestochen; (= ostentatious)angeberisch, protzig (inf), → großkotzig (inf); house, restaurant, décorpompös, bombastisch

pretentious

[prɪˈtɛnʃəs] adjpretenzioso/a
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