Pretension


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Pretension

See also Hypocrisy.
Prey (See QUARRY.)
Pride (See BOASTFULNESS, EGOTISM, VANITY.)
Absolon
vain, officious parish clerk. [Br. Lit.: Canterbury Tales, “Miller’s Tale”]
Armado, Don Adriano
de his language inordinately disproportionate to his thought. [Br. Lit.: Love’s Labour’s Lost]
Chrononhotonthologos
king whose pomposity provoked a fatal brawl with his general. [Br. Lit.: Walsh Modern, 96]
Copper, Captain
pretends to great wealth; jewels are counterfeit. [Br. Lit.: Rule a Wife and Have a Wife, Walsh Modern, 105]
Coriolanus
stiff-necked Roman aristocrat; contemptuous of the common people. [Br. Lit.: Coriolanus]
Dodsworth, Fran
shallow industrialist’s wife ostentatiously gallivants about Europe. [Am. Lit.: Dodsworth]
Dogberry
ostentatiously and fastidiously examines prisoners. [Br. Lit.: Much Ado About Nothing]
euphuism
style overly rich with alliteration, figures, and Latinisms. [Br. Lit.: Euphues, Espy, 127]
Isle of Lanterns
inhabited by pretenders to knowledge. [Fr. Lit.: Pantagruel]
Jourdain, Monsieur
parvenu grandiosely affects gentleman’s mien. [Fr. Lit.: The Bourgeois Gentilhomme]
Madelon and Cathos
their suitors had to be flamboyant. [Fr. Lit.: Les Precieuses Ridicules]
Melody, Cornelius
self-deluded tavern-keeper boasts about his upper-class past to maintain a show of importance. [Am. Drama: Eugene O’Neill A Touch of the Poet in Benét, 737]
morning glory
symbol of affectation; flower of September. [Flower Symbolism: Flora Symbolica, 175; Kunz, 330]
Parolles
boastful villain of affected sentiment and knowledge. [Br. Lit.: All’s Well That Ends Well]
Pendennis
enters university “posing as moneyed aristocrat.” [Br. Lit.: Pendennis]
Verdurin, M. & Mme.
nouveau-riche couple strive for social eminence. [Fr. Lit.: Proust Remembrance of Things Past]
willow herb
indicates affectation. [Flower Symbolism: Flora Symbolica, 178]
Yvetot, King
of affects grandeur; kingdom is but a village. [Fr. Legend: Brewer Dictionary, 1173]
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It handles the well-known and frequently gendered speech episodes of the 1630's and 1640's with depth but briskly and without undue theoretical pretension, and then moves on chronologically into some interesting new cases and evidence, before placing Salem witchcraft nicely in this long perspective.
Each is a true American classic -- grand without pretension, rich in legacy, and genuine in service.
Her use of both standard-reflex and large-format cameras allowed for a combination of spontaneous and carefully constructed shots, all singularly devoid of any pretension to an insider's-eye view.
Several dances warmly bucked any tendency toward sober pretension by marrying movement to the national art of music.
Pretension stiffens cables against deflection, and fabric or foil, also pre-tensioned, can be used between the cables to create very large spans.
Mr Robertson said: "Britain is no longer a superpower and we have long abandoned any pretension to act as world policeman.
There is gaiety in this picture, but there was heaviness and pretension in these festivities as well.