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Pretension is a poor joke that you play on yourself. Snap out of it. Recognise your strengths, work on your weaknesses. Real achievement is liking what you see in the mirror every morning.
Virat Kohli

Meaning of "pretension" in the English dictionary

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PRONUNCIATION OF PRETENSION

pretension  [prɪˈtɛnʃən] play
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GRAMMATICAL CATEGORY OF PRETENSION

noun
adjective
verb
adverb
pronoun
preposition
conjunction
determiner
exclamation
Pretension is a noun.
A noun is a type of word the meaning of which determines reality. Nouns provide the names for all things: people, objects, sensations, feelings, etc.

WHAT DOES PRETENSION MEAN IN ENGLISH?

Definition of pretension in the English dictionary

The first definition of pretension in the dictionary is a false or unsupportable claim, esp to merit, worth, or importance. Other definition of pretension is a specious or unfounded allegation; pretext. Pretension is also the state or quality of being pretentious.


WORDS THAT RHYME WITH PRETENSION


abstention
əbˈstɛnʃən
attention
əˈtɛnʃən
contention
kənˈtɛnʃən
detention
dɪˈtɛnʃən
distension
dɪsˈtɛnʃən
extension
ɪkˈstɛnʃən
hyperextension
ˌhaɪpərɪkˈstɛnʃən
hypertension
ˌhaɪpəˈtɛnʃən
hypotension
ˌhaɪpəʊˈtɛnʃən
intension
ɪnˈtɛnʃən
intention
ɪnˈtɛnʃən
irretention
ɪrɪˈtɛnʃən
mention
ˈmɛnʃən
normotension
ˈnɔːməʊˌtɛnʃən
overattention
ˌəʊvərəˈtɛnʃən
overextension
ˌəʊvərɪkˈstɛnʃən
protension
prəʊˈtɛnʃən
retention
rɪˈtɛnʃən
sustention
səˈstɛnʃən
tension
ˈtɛnʃən

WORDS THAT BEGIN LIKE PRETENSION

pretence
pretenceless
pretend
pretendant
pretended
pretendedly
pretendent
pretender
pretendership
pretendingly
pretense
pretensionless
pretensive
pretentious
pretentiously
pretentiousness
preterhuman
preterist
preterit
preterite

WORDS THAT END LIKE PRETENSION

air suspension
apprehension
ascension
coefficient of expansion
commission
comprehension
declension
dimension
en pension
Executive Mansion
expansion
file extension
hair extension
independent suspension
mansion
pension
reading comprehension
recension
retirement pension
surface tension
thermal expansion

Synonyms and antonyms of pretension in the English dictionary of synonyms

SYNONYMS

SYNONYMS OF «PRETENSION»

The following words have a similar or identical meaning as «pretension» and belong to the same grammatical category.
synonyms of pretension

Translation of «pretension» into 25 languages

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TRANSLATION OF PRETENSION

Find out the translation of pretension to 25 languages with our English multilingual translator.
The translations of pretension from English to other languages presented in this section have been obtained through automatic statistical translation; where the essential translation unit is the word «pretension» in English.

Translator English - Chinese

做作
1,325 millions of speakers

Translator English - Spanish

pretensión
570 millions of speakers

English

pretension
510 millions of speakers

Translator English - Hindi

गुमान
380 millions of speakers
ar

Translator English - Arabic

ادعاء
280 millions of speakers

Translator English - Russian

претензии
278 millions of speakers

Translator English - Portuguese

pretensão
270 millions of speakers

Translator English - Bengali

ভণ্ডামি
260 millions of speakers

Translator English - French

prétention
220 millions of speakers

Translator English - Malay

Pretensi
190 millions of speakers

Translator English - German

Anmaßung
180 millions of speakers

Translator English - Japanese

気取り
130 millions of speakers

Translator English - Korean

허세
85 millions of speakers

Translator English - Javanese

Pretension
85 millions of speakers
vi

Translator English - Vietnamese

kỳ vọng
80 millions of speakers

Translator English - Tamil

தகுதி
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Marathi

प्रेयटेन्शन
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Turkish

gösteriş
70 millions of speakers

Translator English - Italian

pretesa
65 millions of speakers

Translator English - Polish

pretensja
50 millions of speakers

Translator English - Ukrainian

претензії
40 millions of speakers

Translator English - Romanian

pretenție
30 millions of speakers
el

Translator English - Greek

pretension
15 millions of speakers
af

Translator English - Afrikaans

pretensie
14 millions of speakers
sv

Translator English - Swedish

förspänning
10 millions of speakers
no

Translator English - Norwegian

pretensjon
5 millions of speakers

Trends of use of pretension

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TENDENCIES OF USE OF THE TERM «PRETENSION»

The term «pretension» is quite widely used and occupies the 34.953 position in our list of most widely used terms in the English dictionary.
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FREQUENCY OF USE OF THE TERM «PRETENSION» OVER TIME

The graph expresses the annual evolution of the frequency of use of the word «pretension» during the past 500 years. Its implementation is based on analysing how often the term «pretension» appears in digitalised printed sources in English between the year 1500 and the present day.

Examples of use in the English literature, quotes and news about pretension

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10 QUOTES WITH «PRETENSION»

Famous quotes and sentences with the word pretension.
1
E. T. Bell
Science makes no pretension to eternal truth or absolute truth.
2
Tom Bodett
Americans are generally very self-sufficient and I think generally averse to pretension, just as I am.
3
Tom Bodett
I come from very common stock, and I've always been uncomfortable with pretension and all the forms it can take, including disingenuous broadcasting.
4
Daniel Boulud
I have no pretension that I belong in D.C. I mean, I have to be cautious on how we do our restaurant.
5
David Duchovny
What makes me mad is arrogance, pretension, putting on airs.
6
Adam Ferguson
In every commercial state, notwithstanding any pretension to equal rights, the exaltation of a few must depress the many.
7
Margot Fonteyn
Any sort of pretension induces mediocrity in art and life alike.
8
Margot Fonteyn
Great artists are people who find the way to be themselves in their art. Any sort of pretension induces mediocrity in art and life alike.
9
Herb Kelleher
I forgive all personal weaknesses except egomania and pretension.
10
Virat Kohli
Pretension is a poor joke that you play on yourself. Snap out of it. Recognise your strengths, work on your weaknesses. Real achievement is liking what you see in the mirror every morning.

10 ENGLISH BOOKS RELATING TO «PRETENSION»

Discover the use of pretension in the following bibliographical selection. Books relating to pretension and brief extracts from same to provide context of its use in English literature.
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Less Pretension, More Ambition: Development Policy in Times ...
Maar de twijfels nemen toe. Ook in de media worden steeds meer vraagtekens geplaatst bij de effecten van hulp. Met name de situatie in Afrika stelt velen teleur. Waarom geven we eigenlijk ontwikkelingshulp, en helpt die hulp?
Peter van Lieshout, Robert Went, Monique Kremer, 2010
2
Divine Perogative and Royal Pretension: Pragmatics, Poetics ...
In this close reading of a text central to the story of David, the author, using the tools of linguistic pragmatics and poetics, exposes the text's promotion of a prophetic-based ideology, through a polemical rhetoric that polarizes David ...
Donald F. Murray, 1998
3
Intellectuals and African Development: Pretension and ...
Drawn from a CODESRIA conference on 'Intellectuals and Nationalism', this book looks at different responses to the African predicament from prominent writers like Soyinka, Ngugi, and Achebe, the military men in power and the students who ...
Björn Beckman, Gbemisola Adeoti, 2006
4
The J. Pretension catalog: owner's manual H2SO4 : a very ...
A hilarious illustrated parody of the mail-order catalog that everyone -- from Doonesbury to Seinfeld -- is talking about.
Jake Morrissey, 1997
5
Ethiopia since the Derg: a decade of democratic pretension ...
This is the first overall assessment of the democratic pretensions and performance of the post-DERG regime in Ethiopia.
Siegfried Pausewang, Kjetil Tronvoll, Lovise Aalen, 2002
6
Constructional Steel Design: World developments
FIELD STUDIES OF BOLT PRETENSION GEOFFREY L. KULAK Department of Civil Engineering University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada T6G 2G7 PETER C. BIRKEMOE Department of Civil Engineering University of Toronto, Toronto, ...
P.J. Dowling, Professor J E Harding, R. Bjorhovde, 2005
7
Computational Mechanics for Heritage Structures
Table 5.3.1 Shows the values of the objective function and its limits relative to the initial state a) without and b) with initial application of pretension. In Table 5.3.1 the values of the objective function and its terms are given at the three stages of ...
‎2006
8
English Synonymes Explained: In Alphabetical Order
PRETENSION, v. Prelence. PRETENSION, CLAIM. PRETENSION (v. Prctence) and CLAIM (v. To askjbr) both signify an assertion of rights, but they diEer in the nature of the rights. The first refers only to the rights which are calculated as such  ...
George Crabb, 1824
9
Rock Mechanics: Achievements and Ambitions
Study. and. practice. of. railway. support. in. broken. and. dilatant. roof. with. high. pretension. and. short. cable. bolting. L.X. Yan Mining and Design Branch, China Coal Research Institute, Beijing, China B. Li School of Civil and Environmental ...
Meifeng Cai, 2011
10
Great Truths by great Authors
pretension*. —. Plutarch. TT is no Disgrace not to be able to do every thing ; but to undertake, or pretend to do, what you are not made for, is not only Shameful, but extremely Troublesome and Vexatious.
‎1856

10 NEWS ITEMS WHICH INCLUDE THE TERM «PRETENSION»

Find out what the national and international press are talking about and how the term pretension is used in the context of the following news items.
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Why the Bloomsbury Group weren't all about bedhopping and …
Why the Bloomsbury Group weren't all about bedhopping and pretension. As Life in Squares comes to BBC1, Virginia Woolf's great-niece ... «Radio Times, Jul 15»
2
Richard Branson: What Surprised Me Upon Meeting The Man …
... Marianne Williamson to WordPress founder Matt Mullenweg – spoke from the heart, without pretension and with a genuine desire to help. «Forbes, Jul 15»
3
Amanda Renteria brings Latino campaign lessons to Clinton camp
Renteria talks without the pretension common in the inner circle of presidential campaigns. She can carry on a conversation with the apolitical. «Fresno Bee, Jul 15»
4
New Found Glory guitarist's side project What's Eating Gilbert …
... to the closing “Wearing Your Ring,” which actually does recall an early 1960s teen ballad in its earnestness and lack of pretension. «The Daily Breeze, Jul 15»
5
Loathsome Characters, Not Ad Biz Subject Matter, Doomed 'Happyish'
Moreover, hanging the name Thom Payne on him was an example of this show's irritating intellectual pretension. Whether many viewers of ... «MediaPost Communications, Jul 15»
6
No. 3: Union 50
Just don't mistake the adventurous drink menu for pretension. At Union 50, which opened last summer, T-shirted bartenders serve up cans of ... «Indianapolis Monthly, Jul 15»
7
2015 Nissan Micra: Price beating sub – compact does not skimp on …
... responsive engine and a complete lack of pretension. The Nissan Micra is hard to beat on both price and quality. Highly recommended. «Voiceonline.com, Jul 15»
8
The Comparable Max
... in the cult of the little, the diminutive, and the unambitious, a dread of pretension raised to an aesthetic principle. Beerbohm is as English a ... «The New Yorker, Jul 15»
9
Haven: Living the high life in the city
It's a finely tuned aesthetic that's elegant without an ounce of pretension. Against neutral dove-gray walls with a hint of pale blue in the ... «Philly.com, Jul 15»
10
In 'Barbarian Days,' studying the world, one wave at a time
“But pretension and flab came up fluorescent in this merciless scan, and certain writers suddenly seemed like hothouse poseurs. They became ... «Bend Bulletin, Jul 15»

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« EDUCALINGO. Pretension [online]. Available <https://educalingo.com/en/dic-en/pretension>. Jun 2020 ».
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