pretension - definition and synonyms

noun [countable/uncountable] 

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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