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.
See also: air, of
References in classic literature ?
They already began to consider themselves on a par with the M'Tavishes, the M'Gillivrays, the Frobishers, and the other magnates of the Northwest, whom they had been accustomed to look up to as the great ones of the earth; and they were a little disposed, perhaps, to wear their suddenly-acquired honors with some air of pretension.
He was a short, thick-set man, with coarse, commonplace features, and that swaggering air of pretension which marks a low man who is trying to elbow his way upward in the world.
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.