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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The pretentiousness of classical musicians is a frequent theme in this body of literature, and it's well illustrated in Paul Horgan's first novel, The Fault of Angels.
A real estate ad in a major Boston daily set what is for me a new level of pretentiousness. The advertiser offered not only "wooded rolling land" with "gravel beaches" and "a large tidal cove," but also "a sizable yurt and a dock with float."
Robertson manages to address pretentiousness along with our dollar driven, label obsessed society without being heavy handed.
One stated intention of the show was to unmask the pretentiousness of having cosmetic enhancement, according to text at the producer's Web site (www.endemoluk.com).
They can be taken as dadaist attacks on Geometric Abstraction and "functional" architecture or a broad debunking by a representational artist on the pretentiousness of self-styled pure art.
That single diary entry not only underscores Truman's dislike of the pomp and circumstance of the White House, it also underscores his total lack of pretentiousness. This diary discovery reminds us once again that Harry S.
His too-happy marriage, his friendships and illicit affairs, his housekeeper and the religious pretentiousness of a son-in-law who buys a plot of land in Israel--Samuel rails against all of it, like an ill-tempered clavier It's as if he's beating back the absolute certainty of death by hurling a fusillade of surliness.
Aiding and abetting the new assault are Harvard University Press and New York University Press, which have embarrassingly and irresponsibly published two new books that well illustrate George Orwell's remark about the "selective manipulation of history." Philip Hamburger's Separation of Church and State and Daniel Dreisbach's Thomas Jefferson and the Wall of Separation Between Church and State raise pedantry, eccentricity, and pretentiousness to new levels.
The exhibition about Kafka and Prague is also shadows, pretentiousness, and as a whole (not in all its parts) ludicrous.
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." Like many of his other prose pieces, Pirandello's Her Husband provides a clear antecedent for his plays, including his enormously influential Six Characters in Search of an Author.
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.
The first section on the beginnings of American slavery illustrates the pretentiousness of such an approach.