pretentiousness


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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:
Noun1.pretentiousness - lack of elegance as a consequence of being pompous and puffed up with vanity
inelegance - the quality of lacking refinement and good taste
2.pretentiousness - the quality of being pretentious (behaving or speaking in such a manner as to create a false appearance of great importance or worth)
unnaturalness - the quality of being unnatural or not based on natural principles
ostentation - pretentious or showy or vulgar display
unpretentiousness - the quality of being natural and without pretensions

pretentiousness

noun
Boastful self-importance or display:
Translations

pretentiousness

[prɪˈtenʃəsnɪs] N (= affectedness) → pretenciosidad f; (= vulgar ostentation) → cursilería f

pretentiousness

[prɪˈtɛnʃəsnɪs] nprétention f

pretentiousness

n (= self-importance)Anmaßung f; (of speech, style, book)Hochgestochenheit f; (= ostentatiousness)Angeberei f, → Protzigkeit f (inf), → Großkotzigkeit f (inf); (of house, restaurant, décor)Pomp m, → Bombast m

pretentiousness

[prɪˈtɛnʃəsnɪs] npretenziosità
References in classic literature ?
And on the strength of peccadillos, reprehensible in an author, but excusable in a son, the Anglo-Saxon race is accused of prudishness, humbug, pretentiousness, deceit, cunning, and bad cooking.
In his literary and personal essays, therefore, such as the famous ones on Milton and Bacon, which belong early in his career, all his immense reading did not suffice to produce sympathetic and sensitive judgments; there is often more pretentiousness of style than significance of interpretation.
But when psychologists and biographers were wheeled on to suggest that his escapes were enactments of his own desire to escape himself, to free himself from his background and insecurities, then I'm afraid this became firmly locked in the chains of pretentiousness.
The text is written in a hard-boiled style that miraculously takes the high ground between camp and pretentiousness.
Thus we have the dressing up of it all in suffocating arty pretentiousness.
Yet this comes without the slightest hint of pretentiousness.
Some praised its beautiful cinematography, daring subject matter and surreal tone, while others were put off by its pretentiousness and sickened by the extreme gore - particularly a lunchlosing scene of genital mutilation near the end.
These pictures, with a few exceptions, may lack the atmosphere of some of the finest jazz photographs, but they also eschew the fussiness and pretentiousness of the worst of the genre.
It often crosses the pretentiousness line, but that's part of the material's tricky intelligence, too; who's to define pretension in a world of collapsing standards and precious snobbery?
Some will absolutely despise it while the rest will merely loathe this baffling exercise in navel-gazing pretentiousness.
And by ordinary, that means having the same sort of snobbery, quirks, opinionated views and pretentiousness as the rest of us.
When I first heard this I think I had a stroke from laughing at the sheer pretentiousness of such a ludicrous title.