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Contrived vs. Pretentious

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Contrivedverb

simple past tense and past participle of contrive

Pretentiousadjective

Intended to impress others; ostentatious.

‘Her dress was obviously more pretentious than comfortable.’;

Contrivedadjective

Created in a deliberate, rather than natural or spontaneous, way.

Pretentiousadjective

Marked by an unwarranted claim to importance or distinction.

‘Their song titles are pretentious in the context of their basic lyrics.’;

Contrivedadjective

Unnatural, forced; artificial, or unrealistic.

Pretentiousadjective

Full of pretension; disposed to lay claim to more than is one's; presuming; assuming.

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Contrivedadjective

showing effects of planning or manipulation;

‘a novel with a contrived ending’;

Pretentiousadjective

making claim to or creating an appearance of (often undeserved) importance or distinction;

‘a pretentious country house’; ‘a pretentious fraud’; ‘a pretentious scholarly edition’;

Contrivedadjective

artificially formal;

‘that artificial humility that her husband hated’; ‘contrived coyness’; ‘a stilted letter of acknowledgment’; ‘when people try to correct their speech they develop a stilted pronunciation’;

Pretentiousadjective

intended to attract notice and impress others;

‘an ostentatious sable coat’;

Contrived

Contrived was a Canadian indie rock band, active in the 2000s. Based in Halifax, Nova Scotia and Montreal, Quebec, the band consisted of Mike Bigelow, Loel Campbell, Mike MacNeill, Tim D'Eon and Jon Samuel.

Pretentiousadjective

of a display that is tawdry or vulgar

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Pretentiousadjective

attempting to impress by affecting greater importance or merit than is actually possessed

‘the pretentious jargon of wine experts’; ‘pretentious art films’;

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