Definition of pretentiousness:
comprehensiveness, lordliness, consequence, affectedness, peremptoriness, pretense, affectation, imperiousness, glitz, presumptuousness, pompousness, puffiness, bumptiousness, huffiness, flashiness, swelling, showiness, ostentatiousness, loftiness, pretension, pomposity, inflation, garishness, self-importance, high horse, rising prices, superciliousness, lump, pretence, masterfulness, gaudiness, bigness, flamboyance, superiority, swank, plain, toploftiness, grandiosity, extensiveness, breadth, flash, fanfare, assumption, grandioseness, splashiness, ostentation, largeness, haughtiness, hauteur, self-consequence.
Edith apostrophized him to her fashionable friends as " a real genius," leaving a dim impression upon their minds of flowing locks, a shiny velvet jacket, slouched hat, defiant neck- tie and a general air of disreputable pretentiousness.- "Tales From Two Hemispheres", Hjalmar Hjorth Boysen.
The French charting was so inferior that it is scarcely possible to identify the Ile Lucas, which is not marked at all on the large Carte Generale, probably because that was finished before Trafalgar was fought; though the passage in Peron's book is somewhat valuable as showing that the pepper- box sprinkling of names along coasts explored with less sufficiency than pretentiousness was not entirely Baudin's work.- "Terre Napoleon A history of French explorations and projects in Australia", Ernest Scott.
- "The Romance of the Soul", Lilian Staveley.