Definition of "ostentation" []

  • Pretentious display meant to impress others; boastful showiness. (noun)
  • Archaic The act or an instance of showing; an exhibition. (noun)
  • Pretentious, showy, or vulgar display (noun)

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Use "ostentation" in a sentence
  • "Wildside Siding $3 per square foot; wild ​ side ​ camo. com For those who still have money to spend, ostentation is out."
  • "Another simile comes to mind when thinking about the comparison: The haiku were slim, efficient tidy bodies — healthy, lacking in ostentation and self-assured about themselves."
  • "As for the painters who commanded these extraordinary prices, they rivalled each other in ostentation and vanity."