I came across the following two-blank text-completion question while preparing for the GRE:
① ______ by circumstance, the entrepreneur once known for his overweening ② _______ was now seen by others as the possessor of a broken spirit and timid demeanor.
The options for blank ① are:
The options for blank ② are:
I was able to pick humbled for blank ① easily because it was the only one that made sense in the context of the sentence (which was the right answer).
I went with swagger for blank ② because I thought it was a good substitute for arrogance, but the correct answer mentioned is pretension. According to the definition given for pretension which is a claim or assertion of a claim to something, I feel it doesn’t quite fit in.
Can someone please explain the difference?