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pretension

noun [C/U]  /prɪˈten·ʃən/ us  
the appearance of being more important or more serious than there is reason for: [U] Leonard’s paintings have a real freedom from pretension. A pretension is also a claim or belief that you can succeed or that you are important or have serious value: [C usually pl] He has no pretensions for higher office.
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