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1. (a) making claim to or creating an appearance of (often undeserved) importance or distinction; "a pretentious country house" "a pretentious fraud" "a pretentious scholarly edition"
2. (a) intended to attract notice and impress others; "an ostentatious sable coat"
3. (s) of a display that is tawdry or vulgar
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