So much public sculpture comes off as oversized and overblown – as plop art, with pretensions to grandeur and greatness.
Jim Harrison steps out of that tradition, but with contempt for its pretensions.
To the Pit-Bull lover, nothing says, “I am special” like his own pretensions to Pit-Bull love.
“People need to get over their pretensions and embrace the Upper East Side,” says Mark Dorosz.
The O contained a whimsical smiley face, a wry, self-deprecating wink at the pretensions of power.
Madame Rachel, as she called herself, had no pretensions to good looks.
Fogg evidently viewed the pretensions of the new ownership with contempt.
In my opinion, and most certainly in his own, these pretensions were but slender.
It was a one-story, wooden house, with no pretensions to elegance.
Margaret affected a derisive laugh, as at her brother's pretensions to wisdom.
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.