Meaning of pretension


Pretension is what you’re guilty of when you boorishly try to impress other people with how important or clever you are.

When you speak with pretension, you’re boastful and you puff yourself up as someone very important or of great worth. If you have literary pretentions, you mostly likely think you’re a great writer, but you most likely are not. As you might imagine, this word has the same Latin roots as pretend and pretense. A pretension can also be the advancing of a claim.

Definitions of pretension
  1. noun

    the advancing of a claim

    pretension to the crown”
    “the town still puts forward
    pretensions as a famous resort”
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    an assertion of a right (as to money or property)

  2. noun

    a false or unsupportable quality


    pretence, pretense

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    the quality of being produced by people and not occurring naturally

  3. noun

    the quality of being pretentious (behaving or speaking in such a manner as to create a false appearance of great importance or worth)


    largeness, pretentiousness

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    the quality of being natural and without pretensions


    pretentious or showy or vulgar display
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    the quality of being unnatural or not based on natural principles

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