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noun [countable/uncountable] pretension pronunciation in British English /prɪˈtenʃ(ə)n/
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  1. a way of behaving that is intended to impress other people but seems false or too deliberate
    There’s a refreshing lack of pretension about her.
    1. a.
      used about books, films, and other things that people create
      a style of cooking that is entirely without pretension
      pretension to: a film that has no pretension to the status of art

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