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Meaning of OSTENTATION

Pronunciation:  `√Ęsten'teyshun

 
WordNet Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
  1. [n]  pretentious or showy or vulgar display
  2. [n]  lack of elegance as a consequence of being pompous and puffed up with vanity
  3. [n]  a showy outward display
 

OSTENTATION is a 11 letter word that starts with O.

 

 Synonyms: fanfare, inflation, ostentatiousness, pomposity, pompousness, splashiness
 
 See Also: bluster, bravado, display, exhibitionism, inelegance, pedantry, pretension, pretentiousness, ritz, splurge

 

 

Webster's 1913 Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
\Os`ten*ta"tion\, n. [L. ostentatio: cf. F.
ostentation.]
1. The act of ostentating or of making an ambitious display;
   unnecessary show; pretentious parade; -- usually in a
   detractive sense. ``Much ostentation vain of fleshly
   arm.'' --Milton.

         He knew that good and bountiful minds were sometimes
         inclined to ostentation.              --Atterbury.

2. A show or spectacle. [Obs.] --Shak.

Syn: Parade; pageantry; show; pomp; pompousness; vaunting;
     boasting. See {Parade}.

 
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