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English adjective: pretentious

1. pretentious making claim to or creating an appearance of (often undeserved) importance or distinction

SamplesA pretentious country house.
A pretentious fraud.
A pretentious scholarly edition.

Similarartsy-craftsy, arty, arty-crafty, grandiloquent, grandiose, hifalutin, high-flown, high-sounding, highfalutin, highfaluting, hoity-toity, inflated, jumped-up, la-di-da, nouveau-riche, overblown, parvenu, parvenue, pompous, pontifical, portentous, sententious, sesquipedalian, upstart

See alsotasteless


2. pretentious intended to attract notice and impress others

SamplesAn ostentatious sable coat.


Similarflamboyant, flaunty, showy, splashy

Antonymsunostentatious, unpretending, unpretentious

3. pretentious (of a display) tawdry or vulgar




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