ostentation

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noun os·ten·ta·tion \ˌä-stən-ˈtā-shən\

Definition of ostentation

  1. 1 :  excessive display :  vain and unnecessary show especially for the purpose of attracting attention, admiration, or envy :  pretentiousness She dresses stylishly without ostentation. an aesthetic preference for function over ostentation — Wendell Garrett their ostentation of new wealth and their prodigality with it — Mark Sullivan

  2. 2 archaic :  an act of displaying

Examples of ostentation in a Sentence

  1. The actress avoids ostentation. She owns a small house and drives an inexpensive car.

  2. He writes simply and clearly and without ostentation.

Origin and Etymology of ostentation

Middle English ostentacion, from Middle French, from Latin ostentation-, ostentatio, from ostentare to display, frequentative of ostendere


First Known Use: 15th century


OSTENTATION Defined for English Language Learners

ostentation

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noun os·ten·ta·tion \ˌä-stən-ˈtā-shən\

Definition of ostentation for English Language Learners

  • : an unnecessary display of wealth, knowledge, etc., that is done to attract attention, admiration, or envy



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