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pretentious
used in Howards End

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Definition
acting more impressive than is deserved
  • Memories of Evie's wedding had warped her, the starched servants, the yards of uneaten food, the rustle of overdressed women, motor-cars oozing grease on the gravel, a pretentious band.
    Chapter 41 (14% in)
  • I think you will recollect," he added pretentiously, "when I tell you that it included a performance of the Fifth Symphony of Beethoven."
    Chapter 14 (11% in)

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