[ UK /pɹɪtˈɛnʃən/ ]
[ US /pɹiˈtɛnʃən/ ]
  1. a false or unsupportable quality
  2. the quality of being pretentious (behaving or speaking in such a manner as to create a false appearance of great importance or worth)
  3. the advancing of a claim
    the town still puts forward pretensions as a famous resort
    his pretension to the crown
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How To Use pretension In A Sentence

  • The efforts of the Emperor Franz Joseph and the ruling elite to divert attention from their country's increasingly threadbare imperial pretensions furnished Musil with comic material galore.
  • It's not exactly simple, but it has no pretensions to art either.
  • The play mocks the pretensions of the new middle class.
  • He was totally without ostentation or pretension and totally disinterested in wealth, honours or managerial power.
  • Yet, more serious is the blunder in his statement "the Finzi-Continis moved out of society altogether and began to cultivate what B's father sees as absurd pretensions to nobility (the name Finzi-Contini in Italian actually suggests 'fake little counts'). Bassani's Father
  • Okay, who thinks the food is delicious and a little pretension never hurt anyone?
  • Literature is an easy, affordable, multidimensional, cross-curricular way to both educate teens about the world and allow them to learn about themselves and their pretensions in a safe and productive way.
  • Preferably female and extremely annoying, with literary pretensions.
  • Further, Newton's assumption that Wallace is the sole practitioner of the artful defusion of 'high brow' pretension by 'street slang' is an overstatement -- recall Joyce's exhausting of the entire practice in his "Oxen of the Sun" episode of Ulysses where the whole history of the English language is satirized, equally, from its inception to his contemporary cockney. Omer Rosen: Footnoting David Foster Wallace: Part 1
  • Later mythologizers would try to legitimize the family's regal pretensions by claiming descent from the Banquo of Shakespeare's "Macbeth"—which was nonsense, as Mr. Massie explains: The name "Stewart," as it was rendered before Mary Stuart adopted the French spelling, indicated the family's original status, as stewards of the royal revenues. Servants To Masters
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