air of pretension

(redirected from pretension)
Also found in: Dictionary, Thesaurus, Legal, Encyclopedia, Wikipedia.

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 were of superior pretensions in size and appearance to the other houses in the Walk: the date at which they had been erected was inscribed on one of them, and was stated to be the year 1759.
For the opposite reason, Prince John hated and contemned the few Saxon families of consequence which subsisted in England, and omitted no opportunity of mortifying and affronting them; being conscious that his person and pretensions were disliked by them, as well as by the greater part of the English commons, who feared farther innovation upon their rights and liberties, from a sovereign of John's licentious and tyrannical disposition.
Even the States which brought forward claims, in contradiction to ours, seemed more solicitous to dismember this State, than to establish their own pretensions.
For as they have no pretensions to an angle, being inferior in this respect to the very lowest of the Isosceles, they are consequently wholly devoid of brain-power, and have neither reflection, judgment nor forethought, and hardly any memory.
There must be a reason for this, certainly," answered $45, "though YOU have been flourished about these two winters, in a way that ought to satisfy one of YOUR pretensions.
Kory-Kory--who seemed to have devoted considerable attention to the study of theology, as he knew the names of all the graven images in the valley, and often repeated them over to me--likewise entertained some rather enlarged ideas with regard to the character and pretensions of Moa Artua.
Avarice presently treated this with ridicule, called it a distinction without a difference, and absolutely insisted that when once all pretensions of honour and virtue were given up in any one instance, that there was no precedent for resorting to them upon a second occasion.
Bill O'Reilly: Another man who's moving up in the world of pretension is America's "most influential conservative," who last year sat in spot number four.
On such an imaginary journey, one's companion turns his stylized conversation ever toward social advancement, as much mistrusting as desiring the same; as one listens and responds, one expresses a thorough disdain for pretension and stylistic display (even as one yearns for the courtly rewards such display fleetingly promises).
Mclver's book is noteworthy for its lack of pretension.
The word just demands italics, dripping with the kind of pretension that might even have shamed Eric Cantona.
Led by stony- faced singer Trish Keenan, they have arty pretension oozing from every ice- cool pose.
I like the unapologetic low-band aesthetics, the irreverent cult--drama performances, the unabashed voguing of pretension, and ultimately the optimistic look at the sunny side of a world in which all are free and happy to be just who they are.
I marveled at the lack of pretension and the absence of any real profit motive of the skaters.
Populist without sacrificing high style, and high style without pretension Hudson is an outgrowth of a new world order, where instant access to global travel and the Internet has led to a democratization of style.