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pretentious

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Love is the irresistible desire to be desired irresistibly.
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Etymology

From [[w:Template:lang:la language|Template:lang:la]][[Category:Template:lang:la derivations]] praetensus 'false or hypocritical profession' (past participle of praetendō); via Middle French pretensse "putting forth a claim"

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Adjective

pretentious (comparative {{{1}}}, superlative {{{2}}})

Positive
pretentious

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  1. Marked by an unwarranted claim to importance or distinction
    Their song titles are pretentious in the context of their basic lyrics.
  2. Ostentatious; intended to impress others
    Her dress was obviously more pretentious than comfortable.

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  1. ^ The Concise Oxford English Dictionary [Eleventh Edition]

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