Pretentious vs Overweening - What's the difference?
As adjectives the difference between pretentious and overweening
is that pretentious
is marked by an unwarranted claim to importance or distinction while overweening
is unduly confident; arrogant; presumptuous; conceited.
As a noun overweening is
an excessively high opinion of oneself or one's abilities; presumption, arrogance.
As a verb overweening is
Marked by an unwarranted claim to importance or distinction.
Ostentatious; intended to impress others.
- Their song titles are pretentious in the context of their basic lyrics.
- Her dress was obviously more pretentious than comfortable.
* See also
Unduly confident; arrogant; presumptuous; conceited.
- Here's an overweening rogue.
*:No success rendered him overweening and no disaster was ever known to stagger his firmness.
*1908 , Frederic Bancroft and William A. Dunning,
*:The Senate was displaying an overweening hauteur as if it were the government.
- She wins one modeling contest in Montana and suddenly she's overweening .
, author=Jonathan Rauch
, title=How to Make Men Free
, site=NY Times
, passage=The idea that an overweening
federal government is a threat to both freedom and equality (not to mention prosperity) goes back to Jefferson, James Madison, Patrick Henry and some other fairly respectable personages.
An excessively high opinion of oneself or one's abilities; presumption, arrogance.
*:Let us suppresse this over-weening .