Pretention

PRETENTION, French law. The claim made to a thing which a party believes himself entitled to demand, but which is not admitted or adjudged to be his.
     2. The words rights, actions and pretensions, are usually joined, not that they are synonymous, for right is something positive and certain, action is what is demanded, while pretention is sometimes not even accompanied by a demand.

References in classic literature ?
She smiled at my pretention to have discovered his charm.
And while there were no bombshell 'Your great gran was a Nazi spy with herpes' moments, it was still an interesting, gentle look at his family tree made watchable by his humour and lack of pretention.
I think this is because the polarity of cliched pretention and down-homeyness is only one of the image's frictions; there is also the endearing stupidity of the gesture described, and, most of all, the tenderness of the work's realization, its sweet and delicate color--it is a drawing in crayon and ink-evoking a page from the loveliest coloring book you ever had, if only you could color.
Pour eclairer l'opinion publique nationale, le ministere de l'interieur affirme que [beaucoup moins que]ce qui est rapporte dans le communique precite n'est que pures pretentions et affabulations denuees de tout fondement[beaucoup plus grand que].
Le ministere indique que les pretentions de l'interesse disant avoir [beaucoup moins que]entendu les cris des autres detenus sont une pure affabulation contredite par les faits, ce dernier etant place dans une aile situee a part, loin des lieux oE sont mis les adultes en garde a vue, ce qui revele toute la vacuite et le manque de consistance des pretentions de l'interesse[beaucoup plus grand que].
It conveys this pragmatic modesty on every page; it could serve as a tonic to young artists tempted by angst and pretentions.
And yet as Surrender reminds us, Viola can at times surpass his pretentions.
By then the film's listless pacing and pretentions have anesthetized you.
He also examines critical episodes that uncover the inherent conflict in the relationship: a chapter on "The Public World of Revolt and Submission" which centers upon Ghent's mid-fifteenth-century rebellion which established a regime that aggressively embraced the town's traditional privileges of citizenship; another, "The New Public Order," again dissects a rebellion, this time in Ghent in 1539, the outcome of which definitively quashed civic pretentions to autonomy.
One of the greatest strengths of this book is its exposure of the benevolent and paternalistic pretentions of this slaveholding elite, including its female members.
Militarists should read Stephen Crane and pacifists should read Anne Frank, Honig writes, so both may be disarmed of their pretentions to moral superiority.
But navigate such pretentions as "La Belle Dame Sans Regret," "Valparaiso" or the Celtic-inspired folk tale "I Hung My Head" and you want to throw up your hands.