1 making claim to or creating an appearance of (often undeserved) importance or distinction; "a pretentious country house"; "a pretentious fraud"; "a pretentious scholarly edition" [ant: unpretentious]
2 intended to attract notice and impress others; "an ostentatious sable coat" [syn: ostentatious] [ant: unostentatious]
EtymologyFrom praetensus 'false or hypocritical profession' (past participle of praetendō); via Middle French pretensse "putting forth a claim"
- a RP /pɹɪˈtɛnʃəs/
marked by an unwarranted claim to importance or distinction
- German: protzig, prätentiös
- Romanian: pretenţios
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