unpretentious

The adjective unpretentious is perfect for describing someone you know who's modest and natural and never tries to impress other people.

Pretentious comes from the Latin word meaning "pretend," prætensus, so when you're unpretentious, you see no reason to pretend. Some of your favorite people are probably unpretentious, tending to be honest and genuine. When extremely talented or well-known people are unpretentious, they feel no need to show off or remind you of their accomplishments. A place can also be described as unpretentious, if it's simple and comfortable, like the cozy, unpretentious cafe where you like to hang out.

Definitions of unpretentious
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adj lacking pretension or affectation

“an unpretentious country church”
“her quiet unpretentious demeanor”
Synonyms:
plain
not elaborate or elaborated; simple
honest
without pretensions
modest
free from pomp or affectation
unpompous
not pompous
tasteful
having or showing or conforming to good taste
Antonyms:
pretentious
making claim to or creating an appearance of (often undeserved) importance or distinction
arty
showily imitative of art or artists
artsy-craftsy, arty-crafty
pretentiously artistic; cloyingly charming
grandiloquent, overblown, pompous, pontifical, portentous
puffed up with vanity
grandiose, hifalutin, highfalutin, highfaluting, hoity-toity, la-di-da
affectedly genteel
high-flown, high-sounding, inflated
pretentious (especially with regard to language or ideals)
jumped-up
(British informal) upstart
nouveau-riche, parvenu, parvenue, upstart
characteristic of someone who has risen economically or socially but lacks the social skills appropriate for this new position
sententious
abounding in or given to pompous or aphoristic moralizing
sesquipedalian
given to the overuse of long words
tasteless
lacking aesthetic or social taste
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adj not ostentatious

Synonyms:
unostentatious, unpretending
quiet, restrained
not showy or obtrusive
Antonyms:
ostentatious, pretentious
intended to attract notice and impress others
flaunty
inclined to flaunt
flamboyant, showy, splashy
marked by ostentation but often tasteless
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adj exhibiting restrained good taste

Synonyms:
understated, unostentatious
tasteful
having or showing or conforming to good taste

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