pretentious

  • 1 Pretentious — Pre*ten tious, a. [Cf. F. pr[ e]tentieux. See {Pretend}.] Full of pretension; disposed to lay claim to more than is one s; presuming; assuming. {Pre*ten tious*ly}, adv. {Pre*ten tious*ness}, n. [1913 Webster] …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 2 pretentious — I (ostentatious) adjective adorned, artificial, bespangled, brassy, conspicuous, decorated, embellished, flamboyant, flashy, fulgent, fulgid, garish, gaudy, iactans, meretricious, ornamented, ornate, ornatus, overly decorated, showy, superficial …

    Law dictionary

  • 3 pretentious — (adj.) 1845, from Fr. prétentieux (17c.), from prétention pretension, from M.L. pretentionem (nom. pretentio) pretension, from L.L. prætensus pretend (see PRETENSE (Cf. pretense)) …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 4 pretentious — 1 *showy, ostentatious Analogous words: *gaudy, garish, flashy: *ornate, flamboyant, florid, baroque, rococo Antonyms: unpretentious 2 *ambitious, Utopian Analogous words: aiming, aspiring, panting (see …

    New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • 5 pretentious — [adj] snobbish, conceited affected, arty, assuming, aureate, big*, bombastic, chichi*, conspicuous, euphuistic, exaggerated, extravagant, feigned, flamboyant, flashy, flaunting, flowery, gaudy, grandiloquent, grandiose, highfaluting*, high flown* …

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  • 6 pretentious — ► ADJECTIVE ▪ attempting to impress by affecting greater importance or merit than is actually possessed. DERIVATIVES pretentiously adverb pretentiousness noun …

    English terms dictionary

  • 7 pretentious — [prē ten′shəs, priten′shəs] adj. [Fr prétentieux < prétention, pretension + eux, OUS] 1. making claims, explicit or implicit, to some distinction, importance, dignity, or excellence 2. affectedly grand; ostentatious pretentiously adv.… …

    English World dictionary

  • 8 pretentious — adjective Etymology: French prétentieux, from prétention pretension, from Medieval Latin pretention , pretentio, from Latin praetendere Date: 1832 1. characterized by pretension: as a. making usually unjustified or excessive claims (as of value… …

    New Collegiate Dictionary

  • 9 pretentious — pre|ten|tious [ prı tenʃəs ] adjective behaving in a way that is intended to impress other people but seems false or too deliberate: It s so pretentious of her to greet everyone in French. a. used about someone s behavior or attitude: a… …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 10 pretentious — [[t]prɪte̱nʃəs[/t]] ADJ GRADED (disapproval) If you say that someone or something is pretentious, you mean that they try to seem important or significant, but you do not think that they are. His response was full of pretentious nonsense... This… …

    English dictionary

  • 11 pretentious — UK [prɪˈtenʃəs] / US adjective showing disapproval behaving in a way that is intended to impress other people but seems false or too deliberate It s so pretentious of her to greet everyone in French. a) used about someone s behaviour or attitude… …

    English dictionary

  • 12 pretentious — adjective /pɹɪˈtɛnʃəs/ a) Marked by an unwarranted claim to importance or distinction. Their song titles are pretentious in the context of their basic lyrics. b) Ostentatious; intended to impress others. Her dress was obviously more pretentious… …

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  • 13 pretentious — pre|ten|tious [prıˈtenʃəs] adj if someone or something is pretentious, they try to seem more important, intelligent, or high class than they really are in order to be impressive ≠ ↑unpretentious ▪ a pretentious film >pretentiously adv… …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 14 pretentious — adjective trying to seem more important, clever etc than you really are: It s pretentious of him to keep the complete works of Proust on full display. | a pretentious movie opposite unpretentious pretentiously adverb pretentiousness noun (U) …

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • 15 pretentious — adjective Clytemnestra is a pretentious name for a dog Syn: affected, ostentatious, showy; overambitious, pompous, artificial, inflated, overblown, high sounding, flowery, grandiose, elaborate, extravagant, flamboyant, ornate, grandiloquent,… …

    Thesaurus of popular words

  • 16 Pretentious — Macbook …

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  • 17 pretentious — pretentiously, adv. pretentiousness, n. /pri ten sheuhs/, adj. 1. full of pretense or pretension. 2. characterized by assumption of dignity or importance. 3. making an exaggerated outward show; ostentatious. [1835 45; earlier pretensious. See… …

    Universalium

  • 18 pretentious — Synonyms and related words: Gongoresque, Gongoristic, Johnsonian, Marinistic, affected, ambitious, arrogant, artificial, arty, aureate, bedizened, big, big sounding, bombastic, chichi, classy, convoluted, declamatory, elaborate, elaborated,… …

    Moby Thesaurus

  • 19 pretentious — I (Roget s IV) modif. Syn. gaudy, ostentatious, conspicuous; see affected 2 , ornate 1 , pompous . II (Roget s 3 Superthesaurus) (VOCABULARY WORD) a. [pree TEN shus] putting on airs, especially of importance or grand ness, ostentatious. They were …

    English dictionary for students

  • 20 pretentious — pre ten·tious || prɪ tenʃəs adj. impersonating, putting on a false appearance; pretending, feigning; arrogant, haughty …

    English contemporary dictionary