pretension


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Synonyms for pretension

Synonyms for pretension

a professed rather than a real reason

a legitimate or supposed right to demand something as one's rightful due

Synonyms for pretension

a false or unsupportable quality

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the advancing of a claim

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the quality of being pretentious (behaving or speaking in such a manner as to create a false appearance of great importance or worth)

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My mother heard him say it; and he said those skeletons were two million years old, which astonished her and made her Kentucky pretensions look small and pretty antiphonal, not to say oblique.
Because he believes many people pretend to more admiration of the beauties of nature than they really feel, and is disgusted with such pretensions, he affects greater indifference and less discrimination in viewing them himself than he possesses.
Here, the loud self-assertion of Modern Progress -- which has reformed so much in manners, and altered so little in men -- meets the flat contradiction that scatters its pretensions to the winds.
Dog of an unbeliever,'' said an old man, whose threadbare tunic bore witness to his poverty, as his sword, and dagger, and golden chain intimated his pretensions to rank, ``whelp of a she-wolf
He added, "that upon the confidence of some merit, the war being at an end, he went to Rome, and solicited at the court of Augustus to be preferred to a greater ship, whose commander had been killed; but, without any regard to his pretensions, it was given to a boy who had never seen the sea, the son of Libertina, who waited on one of the emperor's mistresses.
In the wide field of Western territory, therefore, we perceive an ample theatre for hostile pretensions, without any umpire or common judge to interpose between the contending parties.
What change of circumstances, time, and a fuller population of our country may produce, requires a prophetic spirit to declare, which makes no part of my pretensions.
This practice has been universal among ladies of any pretensions to breeding in all well-governed States, as far back as the memory of Figures can reach.
I call it swindling to make such false pretensions.
Little men are sometimes very potent, and rags sometimes cover very extensive pretensions.
The three pieces are included in the present collection, so the reader can judge for himself what pretensions they possess to be by the author of "The Raven.
Celia, whose mind had never been thought too powerful, saw the emptiness of other people's pretensions much more readily.
At the same time I read the literature of the subject, and gave the pretensions of Macpherson an unquestioning faith.
she said, "you make no great pretensions, Mynheer Cornelius.
Corpus Christi, in the county of Nueces, and all the cities situated on the Rio Bravo, Laredo, Comalites, San Ignacio on the Web, Rio Grande City on the Starr, Edinburgh in the Hidalgo, Santa Rita, Elpanda, Brownsville in the Cameron, formed an imposing league against the pretensions of Florida.