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noun as in delusions of grandeur


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“People need to get over their pretensions and embrace the Upper East Side,” says Mark Dorosz.

They were remarkable affairs, not in the scale of their pretensions, but in their all-inclusive nature.

In his memoir, Belfort describes Danny Porush (the real Azoff) as a Jewish Long Islander with WASP pretensions.

So much public sculpture comes off as oversized and overblown – as plop art, with pretensions to grandeur and greatness.

The O contained a whimsical smiley face, a wry, self-deprecating wink at the pretensions of power.

At such a moment neither party would affect to forget the Bruce's royal pretensions.

And yet at this dilapidated old inn there were a number of guests who made great pretensions at style.

Seymour, exasperated by finding that no party was inclined to support his pretensions, spoke with extravagant violence.

If he had let persons alone, and had not ridiculed their opinions and pretensions, they would probably have let him alone.

I say, that unluckily there exists in France a law they call the Salic law, which destroys all our pretensions.

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On this page you'll find 5 synonyms, antonyms, and words related to pretensions, such as: airs, swank, vain pretensions, and vaporing.

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