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"pretentious" in British English

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pretentiousadjective

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 ​artcritic The ​noveldeals with ​grandthemes, 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.
(Definition of pretentious from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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pretentiousadjective

 us   /prɪˈten·ʃəs/ disapproving
trying to give the ​appearance of ​greatimportance, esp. in a way that is ​obvious: pretentious ​restaurants pretentious, ​sillypoetry
(Definition of pretentious from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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