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 for pretentiousness
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Pretentious \Pre*ten"tious\, a. [Cf. F. pr['e]tentieux. See
     Full of pretension; disposed to lay claim to more than is
     one's; presuming; assuming. -- Pre*ten"tious*ly, adv. --
     Pre*ten"tious*ness, n.
     [1913 Webster]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      n 1: lack of elegance as a consequence of being pompous and
           puffed up with vanity [syn: ostentation,
           ostentatiousness, pomposity, pompousness,
           pretentiousness, puffiness, splashiness, inflation]
      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: pretentiousness, pretension,
         largeness] [ant: unpretentiousness]

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