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Some people think she’s pretentious, but I admire her ambition.
  acting more impressive than is deserved
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pretentious pretension pretentiousness pretentiously unpretentious unpretentiousness
Standard prefix:  The standard prefix "un" in front of some forms of this word, means "not", such as unimportant is not important and unpretentious is not pretentious.
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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
  • The t-shirt said, "Keep Dallas Pretentious. Support Your Own Materialism."
  • I wondered if he’d like it, or if he’d dismiss it as pretentious.
    John Green  --  The Fault in Our Stars

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  • He had been a pretentious little thing, she thought, but he had also been oh-so-serious in a way that let her be oh-so-serious as well.
    Alice Sebold  --  The Lovely Bones
  • My formal Spanish must have sounded as pretentious to the ears of the paisano as "Whither goeth my sire?"
    Maya Angelou  --  I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
  • Robert’s voice was not pretentious.
    Kate Chopin  --  The Awakening
  • her elation was unbounded when she found that Freddy, like all youths educated at cheap, pretentious, and thoroughly inefficient schools, knew a little Latin.
    George Bernard Shaw  --  Pygmalion
  • Since I’d been with her, I noticed I’d started to talk differently, pretentious and prettified, like the characters in the books she loved, or like Will.
    Alex Flinn  --  Beastly
  • I’m pretentious.
    Tennessee Williams  --  A Streetcar Named Desire

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  • The club was a dingy building, three pretentious old dwellings
    Sinclair Lewis  --  Babbitt
  • It held even though the more prosperous preachers started to tack the pretentious title of "Doctor" in front of their name and started to spend more time at seminars than visiting the sick.
    Rick Bragg  --  All Over but the Shoutin’
  • My mission, and I chose to accept it, was to find chocolate-chip cookies as good as the ones I’d made with Ella and her mom. So I’d brought back a couple dozen. I took a bite of cookie and chewed. "Hmm," I said, trying not to spit crumbs. "Clear vanilla notes, too-sweet chocolate chips, distinct flavor of brown sugar. A decent cookie, not spectacular. Still, a goodhearted cookie, not pretentious."
    James Patterson  --  The Angel Experiment
  • I am sorry you are not to have the fun of being pretentious and successful—for a while.
    Sinclair Lewis  --  Arrowsmith
  • You’ll sound pretentious.
    Sarah Dessen  --  Along for the Ride
  • Luz accuses Ivanito of repeating their mother’s pretentious phrases, of saying things like "The moon glares with a vivid indifference."
    Christina Garcia  --  Dreaming in Cuban
  • Our arrival at the gates of the Rimbauer mansion (for it is nothing less!) left me breathless. ... She is spectacular! Pretentious! Gorgeous!
    Stephen King  --  Rose Red
  • This was religion without pretension.
    Rick Bragg  --  All Over but the Shoutin’
  • Using French—and then translating—seemed deliciously pretentious.
    Margaret Peterson Haddix  --  Uprising
  • The room was functional and unpretentious, devoid of trophies or awards or laminated articles.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  The Longest Ride
  • Mia had gone to bed early so it was just the two of us finishing some pretentious foreign movie.
    Gayle Forman  --  Where She Went
  • "I know it’s pretentious," she said.
    Rainbow Rowell  --  Eleanor & Park
  • He had borrowed Horace’s disguising-room overcoat to keep from freezing, and though Miss Wren didn’t seem surprised to see a coat hovering in the air, she was astonished when the invisible boy wearing it said, "I deduced your birds’ location from the Tales of the Peculiar, but we first heard of them in your mountaintop menagerie, from a pretentious dog."
    Ransom Riggs  --  Hollow City
  • Abenthy had given me a new piece of sympathy to practice: The Maxim of Variable Heat Transferred to Constant Motion, or something pretentious like that.
    Patrick Rothfuss  --  The Name of the Wind
  • "Epic poetry isn’t boring—or pretentious."
    Sarah J. Maas  --  Throne of Glass
  • "But he could build another house, bigger and more pretentious anywhere on the property," said Mama.
    Pam Munoz Ryan  --  Esperanza Rising
  • Gracie Windkloppel Wexler, heir pretender, pretentious heir.
    Ellen Raskin  --  The Westing Game
  • How he came by it nobody knew, but he had the most unerring nose for anything pretentious.
    Anne Tayler  --  A Spool of Blue Thread
  • Right in the middle of all the pretense, it’s an even more pretentious spectacle.
    Katja Millay  --  The Sea of Tranquility
  • She took a solid position behind the podium, which was placed somewhat pretentiously in the front of the room for the occasion.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Water is Wide
  • A novel as good as, say, The Bridge of San Luis Rey or Death Comes for the Archbishop—something unpretentious but with a certain quality of near-perfection.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • Respectable people do not become painters: only overblown, pretentious, theatrical people.
    Margaret Atwood  --  Cat’s Eye
  • Then regaining his composure, said with formal dignity, "Perhaps I am pretentious in saying so, but I would like to think that I am not ’many men,’ and that I dinna necessarily place my behavior at the lowest common denominator."
    Diana Gabaldon  --  Outlander
  • It’s a higher form of consciousness., and I do not mean that to be pretentious.
    Marcus Luttrell  --  Lone Survivor
  • She opened the door for him, on the top floor of a shabby, pretentious brownstone house.
    Ayn Rand  --  The Fountainhead
  • General Dreedle’s views, expressed in less pretentious literary style, pleased ex-P.
    Joseph Heller  --  Catch-22
  • She knew what it was all meant to represent, but it was so pretentiously false and unnatural that she first felt ashamed for the actors and then amused at them.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  War and Peace
  • His voice was unpretentious and kind, with only the slightest hint of Italian inflection.
    Dan Brown  --  Angels & Demons
  • Normally Simon would have thought that getting yourself tattooed in Sanskrit was kind of pretentious.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Fallen Angels
  • He went on, conscious that what he was saying must sound both feeble and pretentious: ’We believe that there is some kind of conspiracy, some kind of secret organization working against the Party, and that you are involved in it.
    George Orwell  --  1984
  • Rubinette was altogether an unpretentious flower.
    Stieg Larsson  --  The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
  • Nothing seemed suitable, they were all so elaborate and pretentious, those gorgeous costumes of velvet and silk in the reproductions given of Rubens, Rembrandt and others.
    Daphne du Maurier  --  Rebecca
  • It was an unpretentious company with an unblemished reputation, the kind of business concern that seldom grows large, but never fails.
    Ayn Rand  --  Atlas Shrugged
  • The wedding was modest and unpretentious; the parents of both were dead and they had only a scattering of distant relatives in that section of the state.
    Robert Cormier  --  I Am the Cheese
  • The courtroom, an unpretentious chamber situated on the third floor of the Finney County Courthouse, has dull white walls and furnishings of darkly varnished wood.
    Truman Capote  --  In Cold Blood
  • Danny’s brother’s bar mitzvah celebration, which I attended on a Monday morning during the third week in October, was a simple and unpretentious affair.
    Chaim Potok  --  The Chosen
  • Headquarters for the company is a low-slung, unpretentious red brick building.
    Malcolm Gladwell  --  The Tipping Point
  • These two had an easy, unpretentious manner, and Mack took an instant liking to them.
    William P. Young  --  The Shack
  • Paul had been convinced Gary’s reaction had been more than false; he thought it had been pretentiously arty.
    Stephen King  --  Misery
  • After several months of doing day work, she took a steady job in the home of a family of slender means and nervous, pretentious ways.
    Toni Morrison  --  The Bluest Eye
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