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pretension

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1 an entitlement to something
  • a pretension of long standing to the throne of Hungary

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4 something that one hopes or intends to accomplish
  • has serious pretensions of becoming a writer

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ambition, aspiration, pretension mean strong desire for advancement. ambition applies to the desire for personal advancement or preferment and may suggest equally a praiseworthy or an inordinate desire. driven by ambition aspiration implies a striving after something higher than oneself. an aspiration to become president someday pretension suggests ardent desire for recognition of accomplishment often without actual possession of the necessary ability and therefore may imply presumption. has literary pretensions

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The first known use of pretension was in the 15th century

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“Pretension.” The Merriam-Webster.com Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/pretensionless. Accessed 11 December 2019.

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