pretension


1pre·ten·sion

noun \pri-ˈten(t)-shən\

: 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

1
:  an allegation of doubtful value :  pretext
2
:  a claim or an effort to establish a claim
3
:  a claim or right to attention or honor because of merit
4
:  an aspiration or intention that may or may not reach fulfillment <has serious literary pretensions>
5
pre·ten·sion·less \-ləs\ adjective

Examples of PRETENSION

  1. He spoke about his achievements without pretension.
  2. I admire his honesty and lack of pretension.
  3. The restaurant offers excellent food without pretension.

First Known Use of PRETENSION

15th century

Related to PRETENSION

2pre·ten·sion

verb \ˌprē-ˈten(t)-shən\

Definition of PRETENSION

transitive verb
:  prestress

Origin of PRETENSION

pre- + 2tension
First Known Use: 1937

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