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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'

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.
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.

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