What is another word for pretension?

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[ pɹɪtˈɛnʃən], [ pɹɪtˈɛnʃən], [ p_ɹ_ɪ_t_ˈɛ_n_ʃ_ə_n]

Related words: pretentiousness, heavy handed, verbose, ostentatious, overwritten, pretentiousness in literature, impressionism, post-impressionism

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    How to use "Pretension" in context?

    As a word, pretension has been around since before the time of Chaucer. The Oxford English Dictionary traces the first recorded use of pretension to 1571, in the work of one John Heywood. It was used to describe a type of behaviour or attitude that is overdone or artificial.

    Pretension can take many forms. Someone who is overly earnest or overly critical may appear to be acting in a way that is out of proportion to the situation. Someone who tries to act high and mighty may be seen as being condescending or insincere.

    Pretension can often be confusing and destructive.

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    • n.

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