What is another word for pretentiousness?

328 synonyms found


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Pretentiousness, the act of pretending to be more important or impressive than one actually is, has a plethora of synonyms to choose from. Some of the most common ones include ostentation, affectedness, grandiosity, pompousness, showiness, snobbery, and superiority. Other synonyms for pretentiousness might be conceited, egotistical, pretence, or sham. Depending on the context, there are many ways to describe the act of putting on airs, particularly when one is attempting to appear more intelligent, cultured, or impressive than is justified. Whether one chooses to use a single word or a longer phrase, there are many synonyms available for expressing this type of behavior.

Synonyms for Pretentiousness:

What are the hypernyms for Pretentiousness?

A hypernym is a word with a broad meaning that encompasses more specific words called hyponyms.
  • hypernyms for pretentiousness (as nouns)

What are the hyponyms for Pretentiousness?

Hyponyms are more specific words categorized under a broader term, known as a hypernym.
  • hyponyms for pretentiousness (as nouns)

What are the opposite words for pretentiousness?

The word "pretentiousness" refers to a behavior or attitude that is pompous, showy, or designed to impress or deceive others. Antonyms for pretentiousness include modesty, simplicity, naturalness, or authenticity. A modest person is one who does not boast or show off, but rather downplays their accomplishments and abilities. Simplicity means the quality or condition of being plain, clear, or uncomplicated, without embellishments or unnecessary complexity. Naturalness implies a lack of artificiality or affectation, and a genuine expression of oneself. Authenticity refers to being true to one's own personality, values, and beliefs, without resorting to fake or superficial attitudes or behaviors.

Usage examples for Pretentiousness

Hazebrouck is not without some pretentiousness.
"Leaves from a Field Note-Book"
J. H. Morgan
These shortcomings, however, are not more constant in Taylor's work than his genuine piety, his fervent charity, his freedom from personal arrogance and pretentiousness, and his ardent love for souls; while neither shortcomings nor virtues of this kind concern us here so much as the extraordinary rhetorical merits which distinguish all his work more or less, and which are chiefly noticeable in his Sermons, especially the Golden Grove course, and the funeral sermon on Lady Carbery, in his Contemplations of the State of Man, and in parts of his Life of Christ, and of the universally popular and admirable tractates on Holy Living and Holy Dying.
"A History of English Literature Elizabethan Literature"
George Saintsbury
"I am under obligations to you, you have taken charge of my daughter's outfit and to offer you some return I will-" "That is quite out of the question," interrupted Plutarch, who knew men, and who saw from the steward's pompous pretentiousness that the dealer had done him no injustice in describing him as overbearing.
"The Complete Historical Romances of Georg Ebers"
Georg Ebers

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