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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR PRETENTIOUSLY

M. Wilkie was comfortably lodged; but his rooms were most pretentiously ornamented.

They have no saloon on deck, though a couple of small apartments, abaft the paddle-boxes, are pretentiously called "pavilions."

This inference is borne out by the arguments so pretentiously announced.

This basin had originally been pretentiously ornamented, but time and vegetation had greatly improved these efforts of bad taste.

Pudge kicked clods in his path and was pretentiously occupied with a dead beetle which he had picked up.

She was dark, pretentiously made-up, and rather elegantly dressed.

WORD ORIGIN

1836, from French prétentieux (17c.), from prétention "pretension," from Medieval Latin pretentionem (nominative pretentio) "pretension," noun of action from past participle stem of Latin praetendere (see pretend (v.)).

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