Obnoxious vs Pretentious - What's the difference?

obnoxious | pretentious |


As adjectives the difference between obnoxious and pretentious

is that obnoxious is extremely unpleasant, offensive, very annoying, odious or contemptible while pretentious is marked by an unwarranted claim to importance or distinction.

obnoxious

English

Alternative forms

* obnoctious (obsolete)

Adjective

(en adjective)
  • Extremely unpleasant, offensive, very annoying, odious or contemptible.
  • He was an especially obnoxious and detestable specimen of a man.
    Throwing stones at the bus is another example of your obnoxious behaviour.
  • (archaic) exposed to harm or injury.
  • * 1661 , , page 26,
  • To begin then with his Experiment of the burning Wood, it seems to me to be obnoxious to not a few considerable Exceptions.

    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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