ostent

noun os·tent \äˌstent\

Definition of ostent

plural

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  1. 1 :  a significant sign :  portent the night waxed wan, as though with an awed sense of such ostent — Thomas Hardy

  2. 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. 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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