Definition of 'pretentious'
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It can be good to be a little pretentious sometimes. Times, Sunday Times (2010)But a less pretentious structure is the future. Times, Sunday Times (2010)What on first encounter might seem pretentious turns out to be simple and beautiful. Times, Sunday Times (2016)Sorry if that all sounds a bit pretentious and improbable. Times, Sunday Times (2012)It might also turn educational policy toward explorations and displays of cultural diversity that are less politically pretentious. Postethnic America: Beyond Multiculturalism (1995)They see it as rather pretentious. Times, Sunday Times (2006)It was rather a pretentious house. DISRAELI: A Personal History (2004)Their last-minute attempt to pass it off as social commentary only looks pretentious. Times, Sunday Times (2007)It is pretentious to say it, but my arrival was a strong sign. Times, Sunday Times (2007)You didn't find it a little pretentious? Times, Sunday Times (2015)From no viewing point does the house look excessive or pretentious'. The Times Literary Supplement (2013)Perhaps just a little bit pretentious - but a lot of fun. Times, Sunday Times (2008)It couldn't happen to a nicer and less pretentious place. Times, Sunday Times (2016)Either way it all seemed needlessly long-winded and rather pretentious. Times, Sunday Times (2008)And yet he wasn't the slightest bit pretentious. Times, Sunday Times (2008)A speedy way to look pretentious is to affect learning that is recognisably bogus. Times, Sunday Times (2010)The foam is a bit pretentious and the spice a little too subtle but the risotto is a buttery pleasure and the cucumber wonderfully refreshing. Times, Sunday Times (2010)Or is this pretentious nonsense? Times, Sunday Times (2006)All this could seem pretentious. Times, Sunday Times (2013)J Fashion is full of pretentious people. Times, Sunday Times (2009)Perhaps what I am saying is pretentious. Times, Sunday Times (2010)It may seem pretentious, but that's what it is. Times, Sunday Times (2012)You may be wrong, but you won't look pretentious. Times, Sunday Times (2011)It is highly serious, extremely ambitious, densely written and rather pretentious. Times, Sunday Times (2006)It was a pretentious little speech that mingled insight and complete fabrication, but I had their attention. ARE YOU TALKING TO ME?: A Life Through the Movies (2004)
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Translations for 'pretentious'
British English: pretentious ADJECTIVE
If you say that someone or something is pretentious, you mean that they try to seem important or significant, but you do not think that they are.
His response was full of pretentious nonsense.
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