Origin of pretentious
Examples from the Web for pretentious
Svein: To be very big on things, bordering on the pretentious, I see it as all of those things.Robyn and Royksopp’s Summertime Soundtrack ‘Do It Again’|Andrew Romano|May 27, 2014|DAILY BEAST
I have never felt that displaying these things was right, as her grandson it felt a little - if not a lot - pretentious.Terry Richardson Denies Sexual Assault Allegations; André Leon Talley Resigns From Numero Russia|The Fashion Beast Team|March 14, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The comingling of the art and pop music worlds is pointless and pretentious.From Lady Gaga To Jay-Z, “Serious” Art Is Ruining Pop Music|James Poulos|November 24, 2013|DAILY BEAST
It was becoming increasingly elitist, pretentious, and exclusive.
It was defined by its offensively high price, pretentious waiting lists and limited edition variations.
This unwilling and naive admission was published in a pretentious statement, the purpose of which was to cast doubt on my claim.My Attainment of the Pole|Frederick A. Cook
One could but feel this was indeed art, and not a pretentious affectation of it.ZigZag Journeys in Northern Lands;|Hezekiah Butterworth
This may not be true of all, perhaps not even of a majority, but it is true of a pretentious and prominent minority.
Then the hurried, pretentious striking of the kitchen clock startled him.Helen with the High Hand (2nd ed.)|Arnold Bennett
It was too expensive; or too pretentious, or perhaps even too horrible for the bucolic purse.Fanny Herself|Edna Ferber
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.)).