Pretension - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |prɪˈtenʃn|  American pronunciation of the word pretension
Brit.  |prɪˈtɛnʃ(ə)n|  British pronunciation of the word pretension

noun

- a false or unsupportable quality (syn: pretence, pretense)
- the advancing of a claim

his pretension to the crown
the town still puts forward pretensions as a famous resort

- the quality of being pretentious (behaving or speaking in such a manner as to create a false appearance of great importance or worth) (syn: largeness, pretentiousness)

Examples

He spoke about his achievements without pretension.

I admire his honesty and lack of pretension.

The restaurant offers excellent food without pretension.

Lilith resented Adam's pretensions to superiority.

The group don't have any pretensions to be pop stars.

the town still puts forward pretensions as a famous resort

Word forms

noun
singular: pretension
plural: pretensions
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