- the laying of a claim to something.
- a claim or title to something.
- Often pretensions. a claim made, especially indirectly or by implication, to some quality, merit, or the like: They laughed at my pretensions to superior judgment.
- a claim to dignity, importance, or merit.
- the act of pretending or alleging.
- an allegation of doubtful veracity.
- a pretext.
Origin of pretension1
Origin of pretension2
Examples from the Web for pretension
Trekkies are defensive about the minutiae of their sacred source material, sometimes to the point of pretension.Is J.J. Abrams Lost in Space?
May 19, 2013
Humor, after all, is a social corrective against arrogance, ignorance and pretension.The Comedian Political Takeover
September 25, 2010
But it's also because, from the APF's point of view, pretension is bad business.Little Gimmicks Fund Big Exhibits
September 22, 2010
People loved Julia because she was very straightforward, and she didn't put on any airs, or have any pretension.How Julia Loosened Me Up
August 4, 2009
“So corrupt, evil, vile American liberal culture, such United States pretension,” as Pygmy reports.The Prince of Gibberish
June 6, 2009
To folly, to pretension, to presumption, he showed but slight forbearance.Alice, or The Mysteries, Complete
Where the pretension is higher, the test may justly be more severe.
The Utopian ideas which I have expressed have in no way the pretension to be new.The Sexual Question
I speak generally, and not with any pretension to exactness.The Republic
He has pretension; he wishes and attempts things beyond his force.Essays, Second Series
Ralph Waldo Emerson
- (often plural) a false or unsupportable claim, esp to merit, worth, or importance
- a specious or unfounded allegation; pretext
- the state or quality of being pretentious
Word Origin and History for pretension
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.