Simple Definition of pretension
: the unpleasant quality of people who think of themselves as more impressive, successful, or important than they really are
: a desire to do something or a claim to be something that is impressive or important
Full Definition of pretension
Examples of pretension
He spoke about his achievements without pretension.
I admire his honesty and lack of pretension.
The restaurant offers excellent food without pretension.
First Known Use of pretension
Synonym Discussion of pretension
Origin of pretension
pre- + 2tension
First Known Use: 1937
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