Part of speech: adjective

Making a display; imposing.

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Usage examples "pretentious":

  1. Furthermore, it often happens that the most complicated dress is worn in the first scene and a very quick change is prepared for by under- dressing- that is, wearing some of the garments of the next change under the pretentious over- garments of the preceding scene. - "Writing for Vaudeville", Brett Page.
  2. There are a few pretentious public buildings, including the customs house, hospital and college. - "Our War with Spain for Cuba's Freedom", Trumbull White.
  3. Ayscough went away and got back to more pretentious regions. - "The Orange-Yellow Diamond", J. S. Fletcher.