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Synonyms for pretentious
prɪˈtɛn ʃəspre·ten·tious

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Wiktionary1.0 / 4 votes

  1. pretentiousadjective


  2. pretentiousadjective

    Marked by an unwarranted claim to importance or distinction.

    Their song titles are pretentious in the context of their basic lyrics.


  3. pretentiousadjective

    Ostentatious; intended to impress others.

    Her dress was obviously more pretentious than comfortable.


Princeton's WordNet1.0 / 2 votes

  1. pretentiousadjective

    making claim to or creating an appearance of (often undeserved) importance or distinction

    "a pretentious country house"; "a pretentious fraud"; "a pretentious scholarly edition"


    unpretentious, modest, honest, tasteful, unpompous

  2. ostentatious, pretentiousadjective

    intended to attract notice and impress others

    "an ostentatious sable coat"


    unpretentious, honest, tasteful, modest, unpompous

  3. ostentatious, pretentiousadjective

    (of a display) tawdry or vulgar


    modest, unpompous, tasteful, unpretentious, honest

Dictionary of English Synonymes3.5 / 2 votes

  1. pretentiousadjective

    [Recent.] assuming, conceited, vain, pert, flippant, priggish, coxcomical, dashing

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  1. Henri St. Germaine:

    I'm the guy you probably hate. Born in the States, educated in the UK and now living in Europe. Oh did I mention I'm self employed and travel a lot? And, no I'm not shallow or pretentious, those are just your own preconceived notions about me.

  2. John Romano:

    The smaller the understanding of the situation, the more pretentious the form of expression.

  3. Stephanie Clifford:

    I think it’s a coincidence, i’m not pretentious enough to think she named her after me.

  4. This Is Spinal Tap:

    Marty This pretentious ponderous collection of religious rock psalms is enough to prompt the question, What day did the Lord create Spinal Tap, and couldn't he have rested on that day too'

  5. San Francisco:

    A pretentious way of saying 'selected,'.

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