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pretension

pre·ten·sion

pretension

 
pronunciation:
prih ten shn
part of speech: noun
definition 1: a false or insincere show or claim; pretense.
synonyms:
act, pretense
similar words:
fiction, imposture, masquerade, pose, sham, show
definition 2: (often pl.) a claim to something not warranted or deserved, or the act of putting forth such a claim.
The king's cousin had pretensions to the throne.
similar words:
pretense
definition 3: affectation or exaggerated self-importance; pretentiousness.
synonyms:
airs, pretense
similar words:
affectation, mannerism, portentousness, pride, self-importance, swank