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Buterin is wryly funny and almost wholly devoid of pretension or ego.

From Time

As Lipstein skewers the pretensions and delusions of literary ambition, he reveals the mental tricks that allow writers to imagine that they care only for art, not money or fame.

His great divide stemmed from his love of science and hatred of literary pretension.

Mia Hansen-Løve, always a perceptive director and often a terrific one, takes that risk with Bergman Island—and in the end, after nearly running aground on the rocky shoals of pretension, it pays off.

From Time

Neighborhood bowling alleys have a total lack of pretension in the best way.

From Eater

Trekkies are defensive about the minutiae of their sacred source material, sometimes to the point of pretension.

Humor, after all, is a social corrective against arrogance, ignorance and pretension.

But it's also because, from the APF's point of view, pretension is bad business.

People loved Julia because she was very straightforward, and she didn't put on any airs, or have any pretension.

“So corrupt, evil, vile American liberal culture, such United States pretension,” as Pygmy reports.

The garden was in a perfect state of cultivation, but without the least pretension to taste in its arrangement.

The comic poets ridiculed pretension, arrogance, quackery, and lies.

The truth about the Carlist pretension is so little known in England that it may be well to state it.

The coward is boastful when there is no danger: pretension succeeds in the absence of real merit!

And I'm actuated by positive benevolence; I've that impudent pretension.

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On this page you'll find 94 synonyms, antonyms, and words related to pretension, such as: conceit, hypocrisy, pomposity, snobbery, affectation, and charade.

From Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.