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Pretentious 601 Words You Need to Know to Pass Your Exam

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/prɪˈtent.ʃəs/ (adj)


trying to prove or show that you’re more important than you really are, bombastic, bumptious, pontifical, ostentatious, grandiose, exaggerated, overambitious, grandiloquent, conceited, showy, affected, inflated, flamboyant, pompous


Pretentiousness grows out of an awareness the social self, or the version of oneself that exists in the eyes of others.
Pretentiousness can develop from a genuine belief that one is better than someone else, or a sense of insecurity.

Pretentiousness may persist because pretentious people take satisfaction in pulling genuine-minded people into their pattern.

Source of example:


down-to-earth, humble

Parts of speech

Adverb: pretentiously

Noun: pretension

Noun: pretentiousness

Verb: pretend

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