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pretentious
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Babbitt
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  • The club was a dingy building, three pretentious old dwellings
  • There is character in spectacles—the pretentious tortoiseshell, the meek pince-nez of the school teacher, the twisted silver-framed glasses of the old villager.
  • He saw the years, the brilliant winter days and all the long sweet afternoons which were meant for summery meadows, lost in such brittle pretentiousness.
  • His glasses on their broad pretentious ribbon banged against his stomach.

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  • Some people think she’s pretentious, but I admire her ambition.
  • a pretentious, self-important bureaucrat who forgets that it is her job is to serve the public

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