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.
The decor and dishes are upscale, but without the air of pretension
often associated with venues like these.
"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.