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]
Allusions—Cultural, Literary, Biblical, and Historical: A Thematic Dictionary. Copyright 2008 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.
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Cyclic rotation of (around) 0.04 rads was arbitrarily chosen to examine the influence of pretension force on hysteretic damping of the joints.
She continues to fool and deceive the world by forming a series of lies and pretensions supported by false documents in order to draw world attention and then win its sympathy.
Because the book is an accurate reflection of the man himself - humble, self-deprecating and lacking in anything approaching pretension.
For example, Psychology, a classic textbook by William James, suggests that self-esteem is a function of success divided by pretensions. He then illustrates the importance of pretense in the equation by pointing out the odd thrill we feel when we finally give up striving to be young or slender.
He was known best, however, as the prolific author of sketches and essays in which he holds up for laughter all forms of sham and pretension. The first of Leacock's little humor books, Literary Lapses (1910), contains his most anthologized piece, "My Financial Career," an account of a naive young man's attempt to open a bank account.
We also come to terms with our fear of realizing who we really are, with all our pretensions. Sometimes, we are afraid to listen to their suffering for fear of eroding the wall of pretension that we have built around us," Tagle said during the recent observance of the second World Day of the Poor.
Sanchez Navarro quiere mostrar como esa pretension hunde sus raices en el ministerio de Jesus, testimoniado en los evangelios canonicos, y atestiguado tambien por los demas escritos del Nuevo Testamento: todos estos libros presentan la apertura universal de la salvacion como cumplimiento de la Escritura de Israel.
[7] established four kinds of numerical models to investigate the pretension effect and contact behaviour of bolted joints.