Definition of pretentious in English:

pretentious

Syllabification: pre·ten·tious
Pronunciation: /priˈtenCHəs
 
/

adjective

Derivatives

pretentiously

adverb
More example sentences
  • The dialogue is self-consciously clunky, the characters are stereotypes and each section is fronted with a pretentiously redundant quotation.
  • This movie, on the other hand, looks like it's going to be either a new horror classic that shapes the genre, or one of the most pretentiously awful films of all time.
  • Rather pretentiously, I always have this by the bed - I often find it soothing to read a few pages about the mating and migratory habits of swallows before I go to sleep.

pretentiousness

noun
More example sentences
  • There is a lot of pretentiousness and snobbery associated with literature.
  • What was Joyce's excuse for such pretentiousness?
  • But at the same time this pretentiousness puts me off.

Origin

mid 19th century: from French prétentieux, from prétention (see pretension1).

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