“So corrupt, evil, vile American liberal culture, such United States pretension,” as Pygmy reports.
Trekkies are defensive about the minutiae of their sacred source material, sometimes to the point of pretension.
People loved Julia because she was very straightforward, and she didn't put on any airs, or have any pretension.
But it's also because, from the APF's point of view, pretension is bad business.
Humor, after all, is a social corrective against arrogance, ignorance and pretension.
This pretension is aggravated by the fact that many of these hunters are notoriously disloyal.
There was not a particle of the "brag" and pretension which had caused me to distrust everything he said.
pretension and conjecture will be avoided, because unnecessary.
There may be in this case some little mixture of pretension in your life and behavior.
But my friend, who made no pretension to such kind of knowledge, afterwards discovered the cause himself.
mid-15c., "assertion, allegation; objection; intention; signification," from Medieval Latin pretensionem (nominative praetensio), noun of action from past participle stem of Latin praetendere "stretch in front, put forward, allege" (see pretend (v.)). Meaning "unproven claim" is from c.1600. Sense of "ostentation" is from 1727.