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
While senators voted on that motion, he stood with a clipboard in his hand,
  ostentatiously noting the name of anyone who voted no.
Several fast-food chains and consumer-goods firms have ostentatiously dropped
  it from their recipes.
It's also more ostentatiously over the top than anything in the sky.
Before the economy opened up, a chic suit meant one with the label of a
  state-owned factory sewn ostentatiously on the sleeve.
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