1. lack of elegance as a consequence of being pompous and puffed up with vanity
Derivationally related forms: ↑ostentatious (for: ↑splashiness), ↑pretentious, ↑pompous (for: ↑pompousness), ↑pompous (for: ↑pomposity), ↑ostentatious (for: ↑ostentatiousness)
Hypernyms: ↑inelegance
2. the quality of being pretentious (behaving or speaking in such a manner as to create a false appearance of great importance or worth)
Syn: ↑pretension, ↑largeness
Ant: ↑unpretentiousness
Derivationally related forms: ↑large (for: ↑largeness), ↑pretentious
Hypernyms: ↑unnaturalness
Hyponyms: ↑ostentation

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