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A word that douchebags use all the time in an attempt to sound intelligent. Usually the subject that the douchebag is using the word, "pretentious" against will have you asking yourself if they even know what the word means.
Douchebag: "I think that, "(Insert a name of a good show here)" is pretentious and overrated!"
Normal Person: "I really just think that the writers are just trying to entertain an audience, why exactly is it pretentious?
Douchebag: "(Couldn't Answer)"
by Dick Of Dastardly Deeds November 18, 2013
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Behaving in an attention-seeking manner via presenting oneself on the surface as being intelligent, provocative, important, avant-garde, humorous or significant, yet harboring ulterior motives, typically involving some form of personal gratification or material gain (e.g. advancement in social status, career, wealth, etc.).

Note that using this word is often conflated to be a pretentious act in and of itself, as this word is frequently used as a way to easily discredit people, works of art, ideas or statements while simultaneously boosting one's own status.
"I used to think they were a smart, edgy, fun group of people to hang out with... but as soon as they realized I didn't have anything to offer them in terms of getting more publicity or a book deal or an art gallery gig, they stopped talking to me. I don't even know why I try to be their friend anymore! Pretentious twits."

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Dude #1: "I really like the Three Stooges!"
Dude #2: "Whatever, they're so pretentious."
Dude #1: "Do you even know what that word means?"
by Buster Foodcube December 10, 2011
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Those fucking annoying people that act like their good at everything even though they dont know shit. They normally cant be proven wrong as they know everything, will try to order people about and walk all over you and act all high and mighty all the time.

They put on a show in public places and talk really loud in hope that it will draw attention to them and make people notice how "great" they are.

For guys they normally act "Big Man"
Girls tend to act liek they are super intelligent.
"Whys that prick bragging so loud i bet its not even true, their so pretentious it pisses me off!"

"how fun would it be to hang that pretentious dick up by the foot and use him as a pinata".
by FuckTheMasses May 21, 2011
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What all men from Texas assume all women from SoCal are.
I think you're pretentious simply because your area code is 949, even if you're the most down-to-earth person I'll ever know.
by illxnvrxtell February 27, 2011
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When people mention the last thing they read in school as if it was obvious, and as if you'd have to be completely stupid not to know what they're talking about.

Also when people talk like they're giving a formal speech.
Why won't that girl just say what she means? It's so pretentious. Reminds me of Trübner, really.
by Luau999 December 31, 2010
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An attitude whereby a person pretends to like a band they don't really like. It is a public view. In private, they'll listen to Abba and Air Supply but would never, ever admit this.

The rich people in Chekhov's stories often pretended to be infatuated with the arts. This idea is my strongest impression of what it means to be pretentious. It implies that a real love of or understanding of the arts is not at all pretentious.

People sometimes are not content with the results of being "the real me," so they reinvent themselves to try and get more dates. Hey, if it's about getting more dates, wouldn't you?

Deep down I guess it could mean that the dude really loves a weird-looking unpopular chick who listens to Air Supply, and though she's smiled at him before, he rejects the idea of lowering himself to her standard because it might affect his "rep." He never asks her out, never gets that one booty that really was meant for him, and wanders aimlessly among other cool people.

So hopefully, pretentiousness is a phase one passes through in the socialization process. Where it becomes chronic, possibly the pretentious persons themselves are the ones harmed the most.
Too bad I overlooked that quiet girl I really liked and wasted my time chasing hot chicks way out of my league. Man, was that pretentious.
by cransauce November 19, 2011
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A kid who tries to get into a college just to impress people. And someone who thinks he is better but is really a try hard dickhead. Someone who sucks at everything theydo especially baseball and covers it up with all "talk" and no "walk"
Zach you're a pretentious dickhead. Because you always wana be better than everyone but you know you're just the same. Sorry bro

by ShakerRaider5 April 19, 2012
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