Raffish vs Pretentious - What's the difference?

raffish | pretentious |


As adjectives the difference between raffish and pretentious

is that raffish is characterized by careless unconventionality; rakish while pretentious is marked by an unwarranted claim to importance or distinction.

raffish

English

Adjective

(en adjective)
  • Characterized by careless unconventionality; rakish.
  • Low-class; disreputable; vulgar.
  • pretentious

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    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

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