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prɪˈtɛn ʃənpre·ten·sion

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English Synonyms and Antonyms5.0 / 1 vote

  1. pretension

    A pretense, in the unfavorable, which is also the usual sense, is something advanced or displayed for the purpose of concealing the reality. A person makes a pretense of something for the credit or advantage to be gained by it; he makes what is allowed or approved a pretext for doing what would be opposed or condemned; a tricky schoolboy makes a pretense of doing an errand which he does not do, or he makes the actual doing of an errand a pretext for playing truant. A ruse is something (especially something slight or petty) employed to blind or deceive so as to mask an ulterior design, and enable a person to gain some end that he would not be allowed to approach directly. A pretension is a claim that is or may be contested; the word is now commonly used in an unfavorable sense. Compare ARTIFICE; HYPOCRISY.

    Synonyms:
    affectation, air, assumption, cloak, color, disguise, dissimulation, excuse, mask, pretense, pretext, ruse, seeming, semblance, show, simulation, subterfuge, trick, wile

    Antonyms:
    actuality, candor, fact, frankness, guilelessness, honesty, ingenuousness, openness, reality, simplicity, sincerity, truth

Princeton's WordNet0.0 / 0 votes

  1. pretension, pretense, pretencenoun

    a false or unsupportable quality

    Synonyms:
    largeness, pretending, pretence, pretext, simulation, pretense, feigning, pretentiousness, make-believe, guise, dissembling

  2. pretensionnoun

    the advancing of a claim

    "his pretension to the crown"; "the town still puts forward pretensions as a famous resort"

    Synonyms:
    pretentiousness, largeness, pretense, pretence

  3. pretentiousness, pretension, largenessnoun

    the quality of being pretentious (behaving or speaking in such a manner as to create a false appearance of great importance or worth)

    Synonyms:
    breadth, puffiness, comprehensiveness, pretence, pomposity, extensiveness, pretense, largeness, pretentiousness, ostentation, inflation, splashiness, bigness, ostentatiousness, pompousness

Dictionary of English Synonymes5.0 / 1 vote

  1. pretensionnoun

    Synonyms:
    claim, demand

  2. pretensionnoun

    Synonyms:
    show, assumption, profession, PRETENCE, make-believe

  3. pretensionnoun

    Synonyms:
    conceit, pretentiousness, pertness, priggery

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