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Word: pretentious

Definition: ostentatious; showy; pompous; making unjustified claims; overambitious; Ex. pretentious films that claim to be art


Sentences Containing 'pretentious'

2006's "1001 Songs: The Great Songs of All Time and the Artists, Stories and Secrets Behind Them" also disparaged the lyricist, stating that his "pretentious lyrics fail to connect", an inaccessibility that the book suggests combined with the lack of "instrumental fireworks" to prevent the album from reaching better commercial success.
Amis reserves his most serious criticism for what he considered to be academically pretentious rejections of the Bond books, a theme implicitly informing much of the "Dossier".
An inkhorn term is any foreign borrowing (or a word created from existing word roots by an English speaker) into English deemed to be unnecessary or overly pretentious.
Dwight Garner (critic) of the New York Times wrote that "at its best, "Blinking With Fists" is vivid and angular and not much worse than many first books of poems that arrive with heady praise from the poetry world's burghers."Entertainment Weekly gave the effort a "D," calling the poems "both pretentious and confoundingly esoteric."
He is cocky and pretentious and becomes a lawyer.
He noted in it common elements with Nagisa Oshima's own Sun Tribe film "Cruel Story of Youth" (also 1960) but found "Everything Goes Wrong" to be less pretentious.
I could have been very pretentious and said this is liberating.
It was criticized by Roger Ebert, Danny Peary and others for being slow-moving and pretentious.
It was described in a local newspaper account in 1916 as "'much more pretentious than most of the federal buildings that are being erected throughout the west when the size of the cities are taken into consideration'".
Known for penning concept suites and songs inspired by literature, music fan opinions of his writing have varied greatly, running the gamut from cerebral and insightful to pretentious and preachy.
On the other hand, the painter with no artistic impulse who makes a laboriously commonplace picture of some ordinary or pretentious subject, has equally failed as an artist, however much the skilfulness of his representations may gain him reputation with the unthinking.
Other characters include Trumper's best childhood friend Couth, a still-photographer; Merrill Overturf, an alcoholic and diabetic loon Trumper befriends in Vienna; Ralph Packer, a pretentious documentary filmmaker who employs Trumper as a sound editor; and Colm, Trumper's young son from his first marriage to Biggie.
Rating it one out of five stars, Dave Merrill of "Anime Jump" criticized "Angel Sanctuary" as a "pretentious, confusing claptrap", and found the inclusion of incest objectionable.
Ross Miller of "Thoughts on Film" gave it 1 out of 5 stars, saying that, "What could have been a fascinating and melancholic look at memory, regret and loss is actually a boring and monotonous character drama... a pretentious mess that's a chore to sit through."
The film competed for the Palme d'Or award at the 1975 Cannes Film Festival. It received praise for its cinematography and acting, and was criticized as slow-moving and pretentious.
The hero is a no-nonsense representational artist from Tennessee, who, transplanted to Paris, meets a crowd of pretentious types in a Montparnasse garret.
The whole Superbowl thing ruined her reputation with the media and pretentious prudes, but who cares about them?
Then the Bridal Chamber the animal that invented that idea was still alive and unhanged, at that day Bridal Chamber whose pretentious flummery was necessarily overawing to the now tottering intellect of that hosannahing citizen.
This local connection gave even more meaning to the new name for the college, which Hughes viewed as less pretentious than the original name.
We believe it is possible to cover Islamic finance sanely and intelligently without kowtowing to egos and without being pompous or pretentious."

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