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pretentious

adjective uk   /prɪˈten.ʃəs/ disapproving us  
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   /-li/ us  
pretentiousness
noun [U] uk   /-nəs/ ( also pretension) us  
I couldn't believe the pretentiousness of the book.
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