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.

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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.
'Five years after the decision ng Supreme Court 'don sa PDAF (Priority Development Assistance Fund), for all the pretentions ng Kongresong ito, nagpapatunay lang ito na the pork is alive and kicking,' he added.
Pekin considere comme relevant de sa souverainete la quasi-totalite de la mer de Chine meridionale - reputee riche en hydrocarbures - au grand dam de pays riverains aux pretentions rivales : Philippines, Vietnam, Malaisie et Brunei.
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].
Pour eclairer l'opinion publique nationale, le ministere de l'interieur affirme que "ce qui est rapporte dans le communique precite n'est que pures pretentions et affabulations denuees de tout fondement".
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. Here, in what might be a kind of indirect response to Caravaggio's Narcissus, Viola both identifies the surface on which the image is projected with the reflective surface of water and denies that identification; he both invokes the claim to represent reality and defies it.
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.
Italy has the same pretentions. And Spain has a relatively inexpensive labor force and a government that is investing heavily in modernizing the country-to become the "factory" for all of Europe.
"Our literature is hardly monolithic,' Honig acknowledges; indeed, it "has a way of deflating ideologues and true believers of every stripe.' Militarists should read Stephen Crane and pacifists should read Anne Frank, Honig writes, so both may be disarmed of their pretentions to moral superiority.