pretentious ADJECTIVE attempting to impress by affecting greater importance or merit than is actually possessed.
DERIVATIVES pretentiously adverb pretentiousness noun.

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  • pretentiously — adverb in a pretentious manner this author writes pretentiously • Ant: ↑unpretentiously • Derived from adjective: ↑pretentious …   Useful english dictionary

  • Pretentiously — Pretentious Pre*ten tious, a. [Cf. F. pr[ e]tentieux. See {Pretend}.] Full of pretension; disposed to lay claim to more than is one s; presuming; assuming. {Pre*ten tious*ly}, adv. {Pre*ten tious*ness}, n. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • pretentiously — adverb see pretentious …   New Collegiate Dictionary

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  • pretentiously — adverb /pɹɪˈtɛnʃəsliː,pɹəˈtɛnʃəsliː,pɹɪˈtɛnʃəsliː,pɹiːˈtɛnʃəsliː/ a) In a manner with unwarranted claim to importance or distinction. b) Ostentatiously; in a manner intended to impress others. See Also: pretentious, pretentiousness …   Wiktionary

  • pretentiously — prɪ tenʃəslɪ adv. in the manner of putting on a false appearance; arrogantly, haughtily, in a snobbish manner …   English contemporary dictionary

  • pretentiously — pre·ten·tious·ly …   English syllables

  • pretentiously — See: pretentious …   English dictionary

  • pretentious — pretentiously, adv. pretentiousness, n. /pri ten sheuhs/, adj. 1. full of pretense or pretension. 2. characterized by assumption of dignity or importance. 3. making an exaggerated outward show; ostentatious. [1835 45; earlier pretensious. See… …   Universalium

  • tinpot —    pretentiously assuming the trappings and manner of authority    The usage arose because a tinker was loath to use expensive tin when repairing a pot. The substitute, prior to the availability of alumunium, was mild steel, which rusted and did… …   How not to say what you mean: A dictionary of euphemisms

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