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synonyms for pretentious

  • arty
  • exaggerated
  • grandiose
  • hollow
  • overblown
  • pompous
  • showy
  • stilted
  • turgid
  • ostentatious
  • affected
  • assuming
  • aureate
  • big
  • bombastic
  • chichi
  • conspicuous
  • euphuistic
  • extravagant
  • feigned
  • flamboyant
  • flashy
  • flaunting
  • flowery
  • gaudy
  • grandiloquent
  • high-flown
  • high-sounding
  • highfalutin
  • imposing
  • inflated
  • jazzy
  • la-di-da
  • lofty
  • magniloquent
  • mincing
  • ornate
  • overambitious
  • puffed up
  • put on
  • rhetorical
  • specious
  • splashy
  • swank
  • too-too
  • tumid
  • utopian
  • vainglorious
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antonyms for pretentious

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  • genuine
  • honest
  • moderate
  • modest
  • plain
  • simple
  • humble
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How to use pretentious in a sentence

No Words, the third Little Bridge Island book, follows Jo Wright, a successful children’s author, at a book festival where she just so happens to run into her arch nemesis Will Price, a pretentious adult novelist.
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Despite his pretentious cynicism and disdain for his superficial classmates, Cameron is immediately dazzled on day two of the bet by Padgett’s karaoke performance of “Teenage Dream.”
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A 25-minute-long video from August last year promised the “Lifepaths” feature, a pretentious name for what ended up becoming 15-minute introductions that barely changed the game’s story in any meaningful way.
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In the centre was a log-house, larger and more pretentious than many log-houses which he had seen in the South.
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The little inn was cleanlier and better kept than many of the more pretentious ones.
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With costers and bargemen one can always get on familiarly: it is the pretentious, vulgar men and females who are horrible.
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An affected and pretentious woman is all deportment and words; a sensible woman shows her sense by her behaviour.
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Thus an imitation of sagacity becomes pretentious affectation.
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The house in which at that time they lived was a somewhat pretentious mansion on the water side of Crana Street.
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If he be a little less than perfectly sincere he runs risk of being pretentious, fatuous even.
PUNCH, OR THE LONDON CHARIVARI, VOL. 147, NOVEMBER 4, 1914VARIOUS
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