Origin of pretentious
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By then, pretentiously revolutionary political names had descended to the world of crack.
Pudge kicked clods in his path and was pretentiously occupied with a dead beetle which he had picked up.The Sturdy Oak|Samuel Merwin, et al.
They have no saloon on deck, though a couple of small apartments, abaft the paddle-boxes, are pretentiously called "pavilions."Down the Rhine|Oliver Optic
M. Wilkie was comfortably lodged; but his rooms were most pretentiously ornamented.The Count's Millions|Emile Gaboriau
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.)).