Definition of Ostentatious

1. Adjective. Intended to attract notice and impress others. "An ostentatious sable coat"




2. Adjective. (of a display) tawdry or vulgar.
Exact synonyms: Pretentious
Similar to: Tasteless
Derivative terms: Ostentatiousness, Pretentiousness

Definition of Ostentatious

1. a. Fond of, or evincing, ostentation; unduly conspicuous; pretentious; boastful.

Definition of Ostentatious

1. Adjective. Of ostentation. ¹

2. Adjective. Intended to attract notice. ¹

3. Adjective. Of tawdry display; kitsch. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Ostentatious

1. [adj]

Medical Definition of Ostentatious

1. Fond of, or evincing, ostentation; unduly conspicuous; pretentious; boastful. "Far from being ostentatious of the good you do." (Dryden) "The ostentatious professions of many years." (Macaulay) Ostenta"tiously, Ostenta"tiousness. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Ostentatious

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Literary usage of Ostentatious

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1. Medical Men and the Law by Hugh Emmett Culbertson (1913)
"ostentatious puffing likely to subject a physician to ridicule has been assumed to be actionable.3 (d) Calling a Physician a Quack.—It is actionable to call ..."

2. The Invasion of the Crimea: Its Origin, and an Account of Its Progress Down by Alexander Kinglake (1877)
"... the Sebastopol fleet came out, and was ostentatious ranged in a kind of cordon stretching from north the Russian , , publicity of to south across the ..."

3. Observations on the Mussulmauns of India: Descriptive of Their Manners by B. Mir Hasan 'Ali, Mrs B Mı̄r Ḣasan ʻAlı̄ (1832)
"Three days and nights occupied in celebrating the wedding.—Preparations previously made by both families.—ostentatious display on these occasions. ..."

4. Letters and Other Writings of James Madison by James Madison (1865)
"The project appears to me to be rather ostentatious than dangerous. Those embraced by it are too numerous, too heterogeneous, and too much dispersed, ..."

5. A Pilgrimage in Europe and America, Leading to the Discovery of the Sources by Giacomo Costantino Beltrami (1828)
"He does not give ostentatious bounties at the expense of his creditors ; he is hospitable to strangers; and dissimulation never sullies his mind or his holy ..."

6. Ethics and Natural Law: A Reconstructive Review of Moral Philosophy Applied by George Lansing Raymond (1920)
"... Over-dressing—Bodily or Mental Desires as Shown in ostentatious Residences—Money Wisely Spent to Gratify Public-spirited Mental Desire—Bodily vs. ..."

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