ostent

noun os·tent \ äˌstent \

Definition of ostent

plural -s
1 :a significant sign :portent
  • the night waxed wan, as though with an awed sense of such ostent
  • —Thomas Hardy
2 :the act of showing or displaying :appearance, manifestation
  • be merry and employ your chiefest thoughts to courtship and such fair ostents of love
  • —Shakespeare
3 :excessive display :ostentation 1 a
  • the city of glorious ostent and vanity
  • —Christopher Morley

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Origin and Etymology of ostent

in sense 1, from Latin ostentum, from neuter of ostentus, past participle of ostendere to show; in other senses, from Latin ostentus, noun, from ostentus, past participle of ostendere to show


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