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pretentious

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2 having a feeling of superiority that shows itself in an overbearing attitude
  • a pretentious author whose books only appeal to equally pretentious readers
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showy, pretentious, ostentatious mean given to excessive outward display. showy implies an imposing or striking appearance but usually suggests cheapness or poor taste.
    • the performers' showy costumes
pretentious implies an appearance of importance not justified by the thing's value or the person's standing.
    • a pretentious parade of hard words
ostentatious stresses vainglorious display or parade.
    • the ostentatious summer homes of the rich


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