2 definitions found

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Pretentious \Pre*ten"tious\, adjective [Cf. F. pr['e]tentieux. See {Pretend}.] Full of pretension; disposed to lay claim to more than is one's; presuming; assuming. -- {Pre*ten"tious*ly}, adverb -- {Pre*ten"tious*ness}, noun

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:



1: making claim to or creating an appearance of (often undeserved) importance or distinction; "a pretentious country house"; "a pretentious fraud"; "a pretentious scholarly edition" [ant: {unpretentious}]

2: intended to attract notice and impress others; "an ostentatious sable coat" [syn: {ostentatious}, {pretentious}] [ant: {unostentatious}, {unpretending}, {unpretentious}]

3: (of a display) tawdry or vulgar [syn: {ostentatious}, {pretentious}]

1. Caduceus  2. Golden Key  3. Scales of Justice (Or maybe, 1. HEALTH 2. SECURITY 3. JUSTICE?)


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