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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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  • Pied-billed grebes are small, stocky unostentatious brownish-colored grebes.
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Word Origin and History for unostentatious
adj.

1747, from un- (1) "not" + ostentatious. Related: Unostentatiously.

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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