air of pretension

air of pretension

A manner, affectation, appearance, or behavior indicative of pretension or self-importance. I always really enjoy the film festival, but the air of pretension in the place is so thick you could cut it with a knife. Even though she has written so many award-winning books, she has no air of pretension about her whatsoever.
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Many premium coffee and tea brands seem to be positioning themselves as almost academic connoisseurs, which I feel has started to add an air of pretension around the art of coffeemaking," says Kotek.
Though low-key and fairly well paced, "House" can't shake its air of pretension or render central figures more than two-dimensional.
Claire, played by Cicely Tyson with an arch accent and a nice air of pretension, liked to call herself ``The Queen,'' and so did everyone who attended her.