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