Definition of pretension
pretensionlessplay \-ləs\ adjective
Examples of pretension in a Sentence
He spoke about his achievements without pretension.
I admire his honesty and lack of pretension.
The restaurant offers excellent food without pretension.
Recent Examples of pretension from the Web
Her boys laughed at her pretensions, prattle, and lack of culture.
Well, rejecting the pretensions of the peacocking parvenu is one of the sweetest pleasures left to the fallen aristocrat.
And Silicon Valley, for all its pretensions to more progressive values than Wall Street, remains singularly focused on profit.
The return of the ragtag outfit that made such an unexpected impression in 2014—here was a Marvel movie that presumed, if only in fits and starts, to spear its own pretensions.
Tony Vinciquerra is a low-key executive with unflappable style and lack of pretension in an industry known for big egos.
Chumley’s was too old and too small for any such pretensions.
The Jacksonians rebelled against the Founders’ aristocratic pretensions.
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First Known Use of pretension
Synonym Discussion of pretension
Origin and Etymology of pretension
pre- + 2tension
First Known Use: 1936See Words from the same year
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Definition of pretension for English Language Learners
: 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
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