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Definition 1: making claim to or creating an appearance of (often undeserved) importance or distinction - [adjective denoting all]

Samples where pretentious or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • a pretentious country house
  • a pretentious fraud
  • a pretentious scholarly edition

(pretentious is similar to ...) showily imitative of art or artists

(pretentious is similar to ...) given to the overuse of long words

"sesquipedalian orators" "this sesquipedalian way of saying one has no money"

(pretentious is similar to ...) abounding in or given to pompous or aphoristic moralizing

"too often the significant episode deteriorates into sententious conversation"

(pretentious is similar to ...) characteristic of someone who has risen economically or socially but lacks the social skills appropriate for this new position

(pretentious is similar to ...) (British informal) upstart

(pretentious is similar to ...) pretentious (especially with regard to language or ideals)

"high-flown talk of preserving the moral tone of the school" "a high-sounding dissertation on the means to attain social revolution"

(pretentious is similar to ...) affectedly genteel

(pretentious is similar to ...) puffed up with vanity

"a grandiloquent and boastful manner" "overblown oratory" "a pompous speech" "pseudo-scientific gobbledygook and pontifical hooey"

(pretentious is similar to ...) pretentiously artistic; cloyingly charming

(means also ...) lacking aesthetic or social taste

Definition 2: intended to attract notice and impress others - [adjective denoting all]

Samples where pretentious or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • an ostentatious sable coat

Synonyms for pretentious in the sense of this definition

(pretentious is similar to ...) inclined to flaunt

(pretentious is similar to ...) marked by ostentation but often tasteless

"a cheap showy rhinestone bracelet" "a splashy half-page ad"

Definition 3: (of a display) tawdry or vulgar - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Synonyms for pretentious in the sense of this definition

(pretentious is similar to ...) lacking aesthetic or social taste

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