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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.
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|Noun||1.||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