pretentious

[ pri-ten-shuhs ]
/ prɪˈtɛn ʃəs /

adjective

characterized by assumption of dignity or importance, especially when exaggerated or undeserved: a pretentious, self-important waiter.
making an exaggerated outward show; ostentatious.
full of pretense or pretension; having no factual basis; false.

Origin of pretentious

1835–45; earlier pretensious.See pretense, -ious

synonym study for pretentious

1. See bombastic. 2. See grandiose.

OTHER WORDS FROM pretentious

pre·ten·tious·ly, adverbpre·ten·tious·ness, noun

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH pretentious

portentous, pretentious .
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British Dictionary definitions for pretentious

pretentious
/ (prɪˈtɛnʃəs) /

adjective

making claim to distinction or importance, esp undeservedly
having or creating a deceptive outer appearance of great worth; ostentatious

Derived forms of pretentious

pretentiously, adverbpretentiousness, noun
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