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pretension

noun uk   /prɪˈten.ʃən/ us  
[C usually plural] a claim or belief that you can succeed or that you are important or have serious value: The Chronicle has pretensions to being a serious newspaper. The NY Giants' Super Bowl pretensions took a dent when they were beaten last week. [U] (also pretentiousness) the act of trying to appear or sound more important or clever than you are
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