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os·ten·ta·tion

 (ŏs′tĕn-tā′shən, -tən-)
n.
1. Pretentious display meant to impress others; pretentious showiness.
2. Archaic The act or an instance of showing; an exhibition.

[Middle English ostentacioun, from Old French ostentacion, from Latin ostentātiō, ostentātiōn-, from ostentāre, frequentative of ostendere, to show; see ostensible.]

ostentation

(ˌɒstɛnˈteɪʃən)
n
pretentious, showy, or vulgar display

os•ten•ta•tion

(ˌɒs tɛnˈteɪ ʃən, -tən-)

n.
1. pretentious or conspicuous display intended to impress others.
2. Archaic. the act of showing or displaying.
[1425–75; late Middle English < Middle French < Latin ostentātiō, derivative of ostentā(re) to display, frequentative of ostendere to present, display]

Ostentation

 of peacocks; a spectacular show or exhibition, 1388.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.ostentation - a gaudy outward displayostentation - a gaudy outward display    
display - exhibiting openly in public view; "a display of courage"
bravado, bluster - a swaggering show of courage
exhibitionism - extravagant and conspicuous behavior intended to attract attention to yourself
ritz - ostentatious display of elegance; "they put on the ritz"
splurge - an ostentatious display (of effort or extravagance etc.)
pedantry - an ostentatious and inappropriate display of learning
2.ostentation - lack of elegance as a consequence of being pompous and puffed up with vanity
inelegance - the quality of lacking refinement and good taste
3.ostentation - pretentious or showy or vulgar display
pretentiousness, pretension, largeness - the quality of being pretentious (behaving or speaking in such a manner as to create a false appearance of great importance or worth)

ostentation

ostentation

noun
Boastful self-importance or display:
Translations
تَظاهُر بِ، تَباهٍ
praleri
kérkedés
sÿndarmennska

ostentation

[ˌɒstenˈteɪʃən] Nostentación f, boato m

ostentation

[ˌɒstɛnˈteɪʃən] nostentation f

ostentation

n
(= pretentious display) (of wealth etc)Pomp m; (of skills etc)Großtuerei f
(= obviousness)aufdringliche or penetrante Deutlichkeit; with ostentationdemonstrativ, ostentativ; without ostentationbetont unauffällig

ostentation

[ˌɒstɛnˈteɪʃn] nostentazione f

ostentatious

(ostenˈteiʃəs) adjective
behaving, done etc in such a way as to be seen by other people and to impress them. Their style of living is very ostentatious.
ˌostenˈtation noun
ˌostenˈtatiousness noun
ˌostenˈtatiously adverb
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