[ pri-ten-shuhs ]
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Part of Speech adjective
Origin + Etymology
Mid 19th century; French from French prétentieux
  • arty
  • exaggerated
  • grandiose
  • hollow
  • overblown
  • pompous
  • showy
  • stilted
  • turgid
  • genuine
  • honest
  • moderate
  • modest
  • plain
  • simple
  • humble
characterized by assumption of dignity or importance, especially when exaggerated or undeserved
Mary's behavior was pretentious when she argued that she should receive a passing grade because her father donated money to the school.
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