From Latin praetensus 'false or hypocritial profession' (past participle of praetendō); via Middle French pretensse "putting forth a claim"
pretentious (comparative more pretentious, superlative most pretentious)
- Marked by an unwarranted claim to importance or distinction
- Their song titles are pretentious in the context of their basic lyrics.
- Ostentatious; intended to impress others
- Her dress was obviously more pretentious than comfortable.
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