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English definition of “pretentious”

pretentious

adjective     /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.Affected and insincere pretentiously     /-li/ adverb pretentiousness     /-nəs/ noun [U] (also pretension) I couldn't believe the pretentiousness of the book.Affected and insincere
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