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It's so pretentious of her to greet everyone in French.
a pretentious accent
Most of the songs have such pretentious lyrics.
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the belief that every problem has a solution based in technology
the outer narrower bone in the bottom part of your leg. The other wider bone is your tibia.
any random process, such as a competition in which a name is drawn from a hat
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Definition of pretentious from the online English dictionary from Macmillan Publishers Limited.