os·​tent | \ äˌstent \
plural -s

Definition of ostent

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 sense 1 a the city of glorious ostent and vanity— Christopher Morley

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History and Etymology for 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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“Ostent.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ostent. Accessed 1 Apr. 2020.

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