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ostentation

[os-ten-tey-shuh n, -tuh n-] /ˌɒs tɛnˈteɪ ʃən, -tən-/
noun
1.
pretentious or conspicuous show, as of wealth or importance; display intended to impress others.
2.
Archaic. the act of showing or exhibiting; display.
Origin of ostentation
late Middle English
1425-1475
1425-75; late Middle English ostentacioun < Middle French ostentation < Latin ostentātiōn- (stem of ostentātiō), equivalent to ostentāt(us) past participle of ostentāre to display, exhibit, frequentative of ostendere to present, display (equivalent to os-, var of ob- ob- + ten(dere) to stretch + -t- frequentative suffix + -ātus -ate1) + -iōn- -ion
Related forms
nonostentation, noun
Synonyms
1. pretension, pretense. See show.
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ostentation

/ˌɒstɛnˈteɪʃən/
noun
1.
pretentious, showy, or vulgar display
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Word Origin and History for ostentation
n.

mid-15c., from Old French ostentacion (mid-14c.) and directly from Latin ostentationem (nominative ostentatio) "showing, exhibition, vain display," noun of action from past participle stem of ostentare "to display," frequentative of ostendere "to show" (see ostensible).

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