pretentiously


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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.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adv.1.pretentiously - in a pretentious manner; "this author writes pretentiously"
unpretentiously - in an unpretentious manner; "she was unpretentiously dressed even though she was the guest of honor"
Translations

pretentiously

[prɪˈtenʃəslɪ] ADVcon pretenciosidad

pretentiously

adv say, describehochtrabend; decoratedpompös, protzig (inf)

pretentiously

[prɪˈtɛnʃəslɪ] advpretenziosamente
References in classic literature ?
She knew what it was all meant to represent, but it was so pretentiously false and unnatural that she first felt ashamed for the actors and then amused at them.
"And now to come to those qualities in which David excels over Porthos--the first is that he is no snob but esteems the girl Irene (pretentiously called his nurse) more than any fine lady, and envies every ragged boy who can hit to leg.
I think you will recollect," he added pretentiously, "when I tell you that it included a performance of the Fifth Symphony of Beethoven."
The room had a blue wall-paper, and was well, almost pretentiously, furnished, with its round table, its divan, and its bronze clock under a glass shade.
WIt establishes who you are, sometimes where you are from, can denote aristocracy or infamy, and caused Mrs Bucket to pretentiously claim her name was pronounced Bouquet.
Prime Minister Imran Khan's assumptions seem true: the former leaders have gathered to unite for a core purpose to pretentiously safeguard democracy.
'Where an amendment potentially affects the basic right of the citizen to a fair and disinterested criminal justice system by a pretentiously innocuous amendment to the law, the participation is not only mandatory by law but morally and ethically desirable.'
Politicians have however always shaken hands, and many times pretentiously. It therefore takes more than a wringing of each other's arms to make a meaningful political handshake.
It's probably because the ponderous crime anthology's first season caused such a stir when it premiered five (yes, five) years ago, and viewers became enraptured by its extra-motivated star, Matthew McConaughey, who spun gold from the less impressive straw of creator Nic Pizzolotto's meanderingly grim, pretentiously philosophical and even hackneyed notion of what a prestige crime drama set in the South ought to look like.
Pretentiously labeled "Juliet, Naked," it's nothing less than the acoustic demo versions of the album that Duncan reveres as one of the great works of Western civilization.
UEFA have at least sought to add some recency bias - we promise there won't be many more pretentiously technical terms - by placing the most European competition winners in Pot 1 along with the champions of the leading European leagues.
The quartet isn't of the same hue; one is a megalomania, another; slyly serpentine, yet another; fretfully dovish and the one pretending to be draining the swamp; pretentiously stealthy.