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1. pretentious

adjective. ['priːˈtɛnʃəs'] making claim to or creating an appearance of (often undeserved) importance or distinction.

Synonyms

  • artsy-craftsy
  • parvenu
  • inflated
  • pompous
  • tasteless
  • jumped-up
  • arty-crafty
  • upstart
  • arty
  • hoity-toity
  • nouveau-riche
  • overblown
  • pontifical
  • highfalutin
  • la-di-da
  • sesquipedalian
  • sententious
  • parvenue
  • grandiose
  • portentous
  • hifalutin
  • high-sounding
  • high-flown
  • highfaluting

Antonyms

  • tasteful
  • tasty
  • appetizing
  • palatable

Etymology

  • prétentieux (French)
  • prétention (French)

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Rhymes with Pretentious

  • conscientious
  • tendentious
  • contentious

Sentences with pretentious


1. Adjective
You will need a very cool car or these will just look pretentious.

Quotes about pretentious


1. I just love real characters; they're not pretentious, and every emotion is on the surface, they're regular working people. Their likes, their dislikes, their loves, their hates, their passions; they're all right there on the surface.
- David O. Russell

2. I remember growing up, saying you’re an artist it sounds pretentious but now it’s one of the only dignified things that you can call yourself.
- Marilyn Manson

3. If anyone stops us, as long as we mumble something pretentious about the glory of death, we should be fine.
- Derek Landy

2. pretentious

adjective. ['priːˈtɛnʃəs'] intended to attract notice and impress others.

Synonyms

  • flamboyant
  • ostentatious
  • flaunty
  • showy

Antonyms

  • unrhetorical
  • old
  • decreased
  • elegant

Etymology

  • prétentieux (French)
  • prétention (French)

3. pretentious

adjective. ['priːˈtɛnʃəs'] (of a display) tawdry or vulgar.

Synonyms

  • tasteless

Antonyms

  • immature
  • short

Etymology

  • prétentieux (French)
  • prétention (French)
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