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Synonyms for pretentious

Synonyms for (adjective) pretentious

Synonyms: pretentious, ostentatious Definition: intended to attract notice and impress others Usage: an ostentatious sable coat

Similar words: flaunty Definition: inclined to flaunt

Similar words: flamboyant, splashy, showy Definition: marked by ostentation but often tasteless Usage: a cheap showy rhinestone bracelet; a splashy half-page ad

Synonyms: pretentious Definition: making claim to or creating an appearance of (often undeserved) importance or distinction Usage: a pretentious country house; a pretentious fraud; a pretentious scholarly edition

Similar words: arty Definition: showily imitative of art or artists

Similar words: artsy-craftsy, arty-crafty Definition: pretentiously artistic; cloyingly charming

Similar words: overblown, pompous, pontifical, portentous, grandiloquent Definition: puffed up with vanity Usage: a grandiloquent and boastful manner; overblown oratory; a pompous speech; pseudo-scientific gobbledygook and pontifical hooey- Newsweek

Similar words: grandiose, hoity-toity, hifalutin, highfalutin, highfaluting, la-di-da Definition: affectedly genteel

Similar words: high-flown, high-sounding, inflated Definition: pretentious (especially with regard to language or ideals) Usage: high-flown talk of preserving the moral tone of the school; a high-sounding dissertation on the means to attain social revolution

Similar words: jumped-up Definition: (British informal) upstart

Similar words: upstart, parvenu, parvenue, nouveau-riche Definition: characteristic of someone who has risen economically or socially but lacks the social skills appropriate for this new position

Similar words: sententious Definition: abounding in or given to pompous or aphoristic moralizing Usage: too often the significant episode deteriorates into sententious conversation- Kathleen Barnes

Similar words: sesquipedalian Definition: given to the overuse of long words Usage: sesquipedalian orators; this sesquipedalian way of saying one has no money

Synonyms: ostentatious, pretentious Definition: (of a display) tawdry or vulgar

Similar words: tasteless Definition: lacking aesthetic or social taste