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  • n  lack of elegance as a consequence of being pompous and puffed up with vanity
  • n  the quality of being pretentious (behaving or speaking in such a manner as to create a false appearance of great importance or worth)

  • Our own Missouri Shakespeare, without the pretentiousness.
  • But pretentiousness only applies to art that overreaches and fails.
  • Pride and pretentiousness are part of the trouble, but last week in Nairobi, where Kenya's President Jomo Kenyatta and ten other African leaders sat down to discuss their .
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  • Mr. Big Fish: Laid-back seafood swims up Neapolitan Way
    Naples is becoming a series of little hubs of culinary activity. Now, along Neapolitan Way, off U.S. 41 between Golden Gate Parkway and Pine Ridge Road, places such as Mr. Big Fish are helping to create another little pocket of dining bliss. Mr. Big Fish fills a hole in the area’s upscale casual dining choices, where you can get classic favorites without pretentiousness.
    June 14, 2013 - Naples Daily News

  • Jonny Wilkinson in International Herald Tribune
    We need to carry on from where we left off (at the World Cup), carrying on that momentum, but at the same time you need to look ahead,England flyhalf Jonny Wilkinson said. "There is no pretentiousness or arrogance in this squad. It is very...
  • Dardenne brothers in International Herald Tribune
    Very humbly, with no pretentiousness whatsoever, maybe since the Cannes Film Festival is broadcast all over the world, it will be a little spark of news which will get through to them and maybe help them to go on hoping,said Jean-Pierre...
  • Brian Bedford in
    Oscar decides to go for the jugular and reveal all their phoniness and pretentiousness,Bedford says. "It's this quite unique send-up of the times that he lives in."

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