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ostentatious

[os-ten-tey-shuh s, -tuh n-] /ˌɒs tɛnˈteɪ ʃəs, -tən-/
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
1650-1660
1650-60; ostentat(ion) + -ious
Related forms
ostentatiously, adverb
ostentatiousness, noun
unostentatious, adjective
unostentatiously, adverb
Synonyms
1. See grandiose.
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Examples for ostentatious
  • 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.
  • ostentatious display was not only considered bad taste, it was potentially politically dangerous.
  • They had to concentrate on fighting one another and keeping up their images through ostentatious displays of wealth.
  • His music is ornate, ostentatious, curious and vivacious.
  • Underneath this plain gown, though, he sports a satin coat and a waistcoat with ostentatious embroidery.
  • Visitors should avoid wearing expensive jewelry, displaying large sums of cash in public, or otherwise appearing ostentatious.
  • It is used by students who want to disturb the teacher in an ostentatious way.
British Dictionary definitions for ostentatious

ostentatious

/ˌɒstɛnˈteɪʃəs/
adjective
1.
characterized by pretentious, showy, or vulgar display
Derived Forms
ostentatiously, adverb
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Word Origin and History for ostentatious
adj.

1701, from ostentation + -ous. Earlier in a similar sense were ostentative (c.1600); ostentive (1590s). Related: Ostentatiously; ostentatiousness (1650s).

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