It was becoming increasingly elitist, pretentious, and exclusive.
The apotheosis of anyone is almost always false, and the apotheosis of a pretentious pol is also wicked.
As I write that sentence, I am aware of how pretentious it sounds.
I have never felt that displaying these things was right, as her grandson it felt a little - if not a lot - pretentious.
It was defined by its offensively high price, pretentious waiting lists and limited edition variations.
A pretentious mirror in a tarnished gilt frame was the piece de resistance.
His court, while it is one of the least pretentious in Europe, is yet one of the most refined.
No doubt there is justification enough for his suspicion in the exploits of pretentious and garrulous souls.
At this date the Methodists had the most pretentious church in the city.
Now Sir Timothy was a pretentious man, who assumed to be not only an advocate but a lawyer.
1836, from French prétentieux (17c.), from prétention "pretension," from Medieval Latin pretentionem (nominative pretentio) "pretension," noun of action from past participle stem of Latin praetendere (see pretend (v.)).