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Definition for pretension (2 of 2)
verb (used with object)
Example sentences from the Web for pretension
“People need to get over their pretensions and embrace the Upper East Side,” says Mark Dorosz.Why the Upper East Side Is Now Cooler Than Brooklyn|Tom Teodorczuk|September 2, 2014|DAILY BEAST
They were remarkable affairs, not in the scale of their pretensions, but in their all-inclusive nature.Doug Kenney: The Odd Comic Genius Behind ‘Animal House’ and National Lampoon|Robert Sam Anson|March 1, 2014|DAILY BEAST
So much public sculpture comes off as oversized and overblown – as plop art, with pretensions to grandeur and greatness.
The O contained a whimsical smiley face, a wry, self-deprecating wink at the pretensions of power.Paul Begala Asks Bill Clinton and Madeleine Albright About Vaclav Havel|Paul Begala|December 20, 2011|DAILY BEAST
Jim Harrison steps out of that tradition, but with contempt for its pretensions.
They still supported their pretensions after they had lost their power.The History of The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire|Edward Gibbon
Each time he abated his pretensions, and each time I slightly increased my offer.Russia|Donald Mackenzie Wallace
Trifling ones have survived, with scarcely any pretensions but the terseness of their trifles.English Critical Essays|Various
M. Noel Gerdy is your legitimate son, recognize him, acknowledge his just pretensions, and receive him.The Widow Lerouge|Emile Gaboriau
But after he began to decline, and to give way to drink, his pretensions to royal blood became well-nigh ridiculous.Blood Royal|Grant Allen