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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
Translations of “pretension”
in Chinese (Traditional) 自命,標榜, 意圖, 抱負…
in Russian претензия, притязание…
in Turkish gösteriş, caka, fiyaka yapma…
in Chinese (Simplified) 自命,标榜, 意图, 抱负…
in Polish pretensjonalność…
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