unpretentious


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un·pre·ten·tious

 (ŭn′prĭ-tĕn′shəs)
adj.
1. Lacking pretension or affectation; modest: a talented but unpretentious musician; an unpretentious speech accepting the award.
2. Not elaborate, ornate, or ostentatious: an unpretentious bungalow. See Synonyms at plain.

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

(ˌʌnprɪˈtɛnʃəs)
adj
not making claim to distinction or importance undeservedly
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.unpretentious - lacking pretension or affectation; "an unpretentious country church"; "her quiet unpretentious demeanor"
plain - not elaborate or elaborated; simple; "plain food"; "stuck to the plain facts"; "a plain blue suit"; "a plain rectangular brick building"
tasteful - having or showing or conforming to good taste
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"
2.unpretentious - not ostentatious; "his unostentatious office"; "unostentatious elegance"
3.unpretentious - exhibiting restrained good tasteunpretentious - exhibiting restrained good taste; "the room is pleasant and understated"
tasteful - having or showing or conforming to good taste
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unpretentious

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unpretentious

adjective
Not elaborate or showy, as in appearance or style:
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Translations
unprätentiös

unpretentious

[ˈʌnprɪˈtenʃəs] ADJsin pretensiones, modesto
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unpretentious

[ˌʌnprɪˈtɛnʃəs] adjsans prétention
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unpretentious

adjschlicht, bescheiden; person, manner alsonatürlich; house, meal etc alsoeinfach; style, bookeinfach, nicht schwülstig
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unpretentious

[ˌʌnprɪˈtɛnʃəs] adjsenza pretese
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In this unpretentious attitude I became aware that J.
Late in the afternoon she sought refuge with Mademoiselle Reisz, and stayed there alone, waiting for her, feeling a kind of repose invade her with the very atmosphere of the shabby, unpretentious little room.
The elders of the church liked him because he was quiet and unpretentious and Mrs.
The crater itself--the ditch--was not so variegated in coloring, but yet, in its softness, richness, and unpretentious elegance, it was more charming, more fascinating to the eye.
I began in the most unpretentious way by telling them a story which might last an hour, and favoured by many an unexpected wind it lasted eighteen months.
Besides the refrains which are perhaps a relic of communal composition and the conventional epithets which the ballads share with epic poetry there are numerous traditional ballad expressions--rather meaningless formulas and line-tags used only to complete the rime or meter, the common useful scrap-bag reserve of these unpretentious poets.
The tinge of unpretentious, inoffensive vulgarity in Mrs.
Inside the garden hedge, he could see that the house, though unpretentious enough, was larger and more luxurious than it looked at first, and was quite a different kind of place from a porter's lodge.
And I led it without a moment's hesitation, through the unpretentious six-barred gate into the long but shallow crescent of the drive.
But there were exceptions, when the doctor was away or the patient defiant, and on these rare occasions we frequented a certain unpretentious restaurant in the Fulham quarter, where the cooking was plain but excellent, and the cellar a surprise.
"These guys really take hospitality to the next level, proving that approachable and unpretentious doesn't also mean unambitious.
week and the Northgate Street venue claimed the top spot for its good food and 'unpretentious atmosphere'.