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pretentious

adjective uk   us   /prɪˈten.ʃəs/ disapproving
trying to appear or sound more important or clever than you are, especially in matters of art and literature: a pretentious art critic The novel deals with grand themes, but is never heavy or pretentious.
pretentiously
adverb uk   us   /-li/
pretentiousness
noun [U] uk   us   /-nəs/ (also pretension)
I couldn't believe the pretentiousness of the book.
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