pretension

Part of speech: noun

A claim put forward, whether true or false.

Part of speech: noun

Affectation; display.

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Usage examples "pretension":

  1. The appointments were on no higher scale of pretension than Mrs. Forriner's, yet they gave a far higher impression of the people that used them; why, belongs to the private mystery of cups and saucers and chairs, which have an odd obstinate way of their own of telling the truth. - "Hills of the Shatemuc", Susan Warner.
  2. There is scarcely a writer in these countries, since 1880, with any pretension toward literary expression who has not directly or indirectly come under Jacobsen's influence. - "Mogens and Other Stories Mogens; The Plague At Bergamo; There Should Have Been Roses; Mrs. Fonss", Jens Peter Jacobsen.
  3. The houses are all of wood, and, of course, have no pretension to architectural beauty; but their clean, white appearance and regularity have a pleasing effect on the eye. - "Hudson Bay", R.M. Ballantyne.