PRETENTIOUS in a Sentence

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 Meanings and Examples of PRETENTIOUS
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 a.  intended to attract notice and impress others; making unjustified claims; overly ambitious
Classic Sentence:
1  A self-deceived little woman whispering in corners with a pretentious little man.
Main Street By Sinclair Lewis
Context  Highlight   In CHAPTER XXX
2  Robert's voice was not pretentious.
The Awakening By Kate Chopin
Context  Highlight   In XIV
3  Choosing the latter alternative, I began by making up my mind to leave the hotel, and to take up my quarters in some less pretentious and less expensive domicile.
A Study In Scarlet By Arthur Conan Doyle
4  This was the first time that I had ever heard anything about any kind of school or college that was more pretentious than the little coloured school in our town.
Up From Slavery: An Autobiography By Booker T. Washington
Context  Highlight   In Chapter III.
5  She knew what it was all meant to represent, but it was so pretentiously false and unnatural that she first felt ashamed for the actors and then amused at them.
War and Peace(V3) By Leo Tolstoy
Context  Highlight   In BOOK 8: CHAPTER IX
Example Sentence:
1  In the old world, Munich offers the closest analogy to St. Petersburg, that not only by half-occupied areas, but by pretentious and pseudo-classic architecture.
2  The critics deride his pretentious dialogue and refused to consider his play seriously.
3  His response was full of pretentious nonsense.