Pretentious vs Flashy - What's the difference?

pretentious | flashy |


As adjectives the difference between pretentious and flashy

is that pretentious is marked by an unwarranted claim to importance or distinction while flashy is showy; visually impressive, attention-getting, or appealing.

pretentious

English

Alternative forms

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Adjective

(en adjective)
  • Marked by an unwarranted claim to importance or distinction.
  • Their song titles are pretentious in the context of their basic lyrics.
  • Ostentatious; intended to impress others.
  • Her dress was obviously more pretentious than comfortable.

    Synonyms

    * poseur * See also

    Antonyms

    * unpretentious

    Derived terms

    * pretentiously * pretentiousness

    References

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    flashy

    English

    Adjective

    (er)
  • Showy; visually impressive, attention-getting, or appealing.
  • The dancers wore flashy costumes featuring shiny sequins in many vibrant colors.