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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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English version of definition of pretentious
a game in which two teams of seven players take turns to chase and try to touch players on the opposing team
using sarcasm to upset someone or to show anger
a response to a scathing comment or unpleasant situation
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American definition of pretentious from the online English dictionary from Macmillan Publishers Limited.