pretentious

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj pretentious intended to attract notice and impress others "an ostentatious sable coat"
    • adj 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"
    • adj pretentious (of a display) tawdry or vulgar
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • a Pretentious Full of pretension; disposed to lay claim to more than is one's; presuming; assuming.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • pretentious Pretended; unfounded; false.
    • pretentious Full of pretension, or claims to greater excellence or importance than the truth warrants; attempting to pass for more than the actual worth or importance; making an exaggerated outward show.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Pretentious marked by or containing pretence: claiming more than is warranted: presumptuous: arrogant
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Quotations

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    “The pretentiously -- named ensuite bathroom is a major factor in divorce. Privacy is paramount in marriage.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Cf. F. prétentieux,. See Pretend
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr. prétendre—L. prætendĕrepræ, before, tendĕre, tentum, tensum, to stretch.

Usage

In literature:

In a suite in the pretentious Nauvoo House Susannah found herself established.
"The Mormon Prophet" by Lily Dougall
The little inn was cleanlier and better kept than many of the more pretentious ones.
"British Highways And Byways From A Motor Car" by Thomas D. Murphy
Also, on the banks of the river, there was the antiquated iron-furnace which, long before the war, had given the town its pretentious name.
"The Quickening" by Francis Lynde
The old Wales house was quite a pretentious edifice for those times.
"The Adventures of Ann" by Mary E. Wilkins Freeman
She also had quite a pretentious blue evening cloak.
"By the Light of the Soul" by Mary E. Wilkins Freeman
The service is sometimes very poor, even in the most pretentious establishments.
"The Land of Contrasts" by James Fullarton Muirhead
It was weak and unsatisfactory, but not pretentious and bad, like the last act he presented at the first performance.
"McClure's Magazine, Vol. 31, No. 1, May 1908" by Various
Hazebrouck is not without some pretentiousness.
"Leaves from a Field Note-Book" by J. H. Morgan
One house much more pretentious than the rest, I at once recognized to be Rose Cottage.
"Medoline Selwyn's Work" by Mrs. J. J. Colter
The house had been very pretentious in an ugly architectural period.
"An Alabaster Box" by Mary E. Wilkins Freeman and Florence Morse Kingsley
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In poetry:

I smote away the filmy base of Caste.
I thrust through antique blood and riches vast,
And all big claims of the pretentious Past
That hindered my Nirvana.
"Nirvana" by Sidney Lanier
And sae it is we be thy name
To see bleeze up wi' sic a flame,
That a' pretentious stars o' fame
Maun blink asklent,
To see how simple worth may shame
Their brightest glent.
"To Robert Burns" by James Whitcomb Riley

In news:

A proud revamp of CoCo County's "most pretentious " building.
'Dot the i': Punctuated With Pretentiousness .
Above and beyond any other actor on stage, Hanske managed to project both in volume and in personality, mostly with his delightful shades of pretentiousness.
'Dot the i': Punctuated With Pretentiousness.
For those who find White Linen Night a tad too pretentious -- or who simply want to experience another side of New Orleans' unique art culture.
Here's the deal we all have that song that we love but it was just beat down by critics, friends, hell even pretentious radio DJ's.
The nation's second-oldest (and perhaps the Bay's least-pretentious) gay bar is a guaranteed good time most nights of the week.
Look at this pretentious tome.
Tired of the Golden Globes pretentiousness.
WATERBURY — What happens when you take away the pretentiousness of wine tasting and add in local bites, a cozy atmosphere and a knowledgeable staff.
WELL, AT LEAST IT'S PRETENTIOUS, and that's a start in an age when too many films are hardly trying.
I think it sounds so pretentious and like that "Saturday Night Live" skit with Will Ferrell and Rachel Dratch in the hot tub eating turkey.
An attack on the growing pretentiousness of American literary prose.
'Cloud Atlas' long, messy , pretentious.
Golf club has pretentious Air in dealing with Jordan.
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In science:

Better not mentioning how many times JBOTS IM was rewritten, or you may find it pretentious (as per Martin’s phrase).
The JBotSim Library
This may be expressed in more pretentious language as the pursuit of truth.
Mathematics : The Language of Science
Large character sums: pretentious characters and the P´olyaVinogradov theorem.
On Character Sums and Exponential Sums over Generalized Arithmetic Progressions
Granville and Soundarara jan have recently introduced the notion of pretentiousness in the study of multiplicative functions of modulus bounded by 1, essentially the idea that two functions which are similar in a precise sense should exhibit similar behavior.
Pretentiously detecting power cancellation
In a series of papers, Granville and Soundarara jan (, , , , as a few examples) recently introduced the notion of pretentiousness in the study of multiplicative functions taking values in the complex unit disc, essentially the idea that if two functions are “close” in some sense, they should exhibit the same behavior.
Pretentiously detecting power cancellation
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