air of pretension

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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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Edwin Muir in his sonnet on Kafka calls him the "sad champion of the drab and half"; and yet stretching away behind the drab ordinariness, what vistas of suggestion of life-and-death meanings, of a threatening-promising spiritual world surrounding the banal dailiness, which, when you try to approach it as a critic, what pitfalls of pretentiousness open at your feet
Still, such moments help to establish the pretentiousness of the opponents that, as Cartlidge notes in the introduction, is an important element of the humour of the poem.
He irritated me from the time that he arrived with his pretentiousness, his pedantry because he thought he was a big deal," she said.
If the bill had passed, the industry could have looked forward to 28 years of having every politician, environmentalist, doomsday zealot, and (I love the pretentiousness of this term) "consumer advocate" skewering automakers on their inability to meet these "reasonable" standards.
Chapters by Jane Samson and Brian Stanley suggest that a belief in the equal depravity of all peoples sometimes tempered the cultural pretentiousness missionaries inherited from their time.
As the satire exposes the pretentiousness and materialism of the Roman literati, it portrays the effect of the bedlam on the creative prowess of writers exposed to such ineptitude; Silvia becomes unable to write as Boggiolo institutes promotional paraphernalia, including a weekly salon: "Literary Mondays at Villa Silvia.
His pretentiousness, however, would seem less distasteful if he did not misrepresent the convictions of those who would have rejected his misguided ideas.
It is true that with the exception of Adrian Lester, the actors in the film are not trained dancers, but as Derek Elley wrote in his rave review in Variety, "The overall effect is knowing and joyful at the same time, aided by performances from the whole cast that are free of pretentiousness and have a superior stock-company glee.
He proves again that profundity need not share a seat with pretentiousness.
American Jails is easy reading, eschewing needless jargon, pretentiousness and padding.
Christina Ricci succeeds in making the troubled Wendy memorable, but it's not enough: "The Ice Storm" is fatally undermined by its own pretentiousness.
You'll either opt for "pared down simplicity", which means only eating things that the supermarket or Kebab King has prepared for you, or you'll aim for "pick me, Gregg" MasterChef pretentiousness, where you'll invite people round "for a bite" and by 10pm they'll be eating each other's limbs with hunger as you faff about with bits of pea shoot and samphire.
There's lots of quirky humour throughout as Armstrong's character Ben takes a pop at the pretentiousness of "real" theatre, like Becket's Waiting For Godot and Shakespeare's The Tempest.
And Clever Titles (Have Parentheses) is a pretty good band name, a nice swipe at the overwrought pretentiousness of a goodly number of musical acts these days.
The Tropical Inn features quality furnishings and amenities, elegance without pretentiousness and exceptional value.