ostentatious

[os-ten-tey-shuhs, -tuhn-]
adjective
1.
characterized by or given to pretentious or conspicuous show in an attempt to impress others: an ostentatious dresser.
2.
(of actions, manner, qualities exhibited, etc.) intended to attract notice: Lady Bountiful's ostentatious charity.

Origin:
1650–60; ostentat(ion) + -ious

ostentatiously, adverb
ostentatiousness, noun
unostentatious, adjective
unostentatiously, adverb


1. See grandiose.
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ostentatious (ˌɒstɛnˈteɪʃəs)
 
adj
characterized by pretentious, showy, or vulgar display
 
ostentatiously
 
adv

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ostentatious
1701, from ostentation. Related: Ostentatiously.
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Example sentences
The city lacks ostentatious palaces, temples, or monuments.
The area's ostentatious peasantry has mostly acquired its gaudy real estate
  with the help of remittances from abroad.
The transformation of the chateau from hunting lodge to ostentatious summer
  palace was only the start.
There is no ostentatious display of dressmaking technique, no fussy details.
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