Definition of Ostentation

1. Noun. A gaudy outward display.

Exact synonyms: Fanfare, Flash
Generic synonyms: Display
Specialized synonyms: Bluster, Bravado, Exhibitionism, Ritz, Splurge, Pedantry
Derivative terms: Flash, Flashy, Ostentate, Ostentatious



2. Noun. Lack of elegance as a consequence of being pompous and puffed up with vanity.

3. Noun. Pretentious or showy or vulgar display.
Generic synonyms: Largeness, Pretension, Pretentiousness
Derivative terms: Ostentate, Ostentatious

Definition of Ostentation

1. n. The act of ostentating or of making an ambitious display; unnecessary show; pretentious parade; -- usually in a detractive sense.

Definition of Ostentation

1. Noun. Ambitious display; vain show; display intended to excite admiration or applause. ¹

2. Noun. (obsolete) A show or spectacle. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Ostentation

1. [n -S]

Medical Definition of Ostentation

1. 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." "He knew that good and bountiful minds were sometimes inclined to ostentation." (Atterbury) 2. A show or spectacle. Synonym: Parade, pageantry, show, pomp, pompousness, vaunting, boasting. See Parade. Origin: L. Ostentatio: cf. F. Ostentation. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

Lexicographical Neighbors of Ostentation

ostensibility
ostensible
ostensibly
ostension
ostensions
ostensive
ostensive definition
ostensive definitions
ostensively
ostensoria
ostensories
ostensorium
ostensory
ostent
ostentate
ostentation (current term)
ostentations
ostentatious
ostentatiously
ostentatiousness
ostentator
ostentators
ostentious
ostentive
ostentous
ostents
osteo-
osteo-malacia
osteoanagenesis
osteoarthritic

Literary usage of Ostentation

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. English Synonyms and Antonyms: With Notes on the Correct Use of Prepositions by James Champlin Fernald (1914)
"A brag or bravado is a boast or ostentation of courage, which may, perhaps, ... There may be great display or show with Little substance ; ostentation ..."

2. The Poetical Works of John Dryden by John Dryden (1909)
"... a silly writer and a trifler, full of ostentation of his learning, and, after all, unworthy to come into competition with Juvenal and Horace. ..."

3. The Golden Book of Marcus Aurelius by Marcus Aurelius, Meric Casaubon (1898)
"resolution will free a man from all trouble, strife, Whereto dissembling, and ostentation. ... ostentation."

4. The Invasion of the Crimea: Its Origin and an Account of Its Progress Down by Alexander William Kinglake (1880)
"He hated all ostentation, Lord Rag- but the charlatan's ostentation he loathed. If a Of ostenta- charlatan general proposes to visit a suffering camp, ..."

5. The Peace Conference at The Hague: And Its Bearings on International Law and by Frederick William Holls (1900)
"... without ostentation or display of any kind. On two occasions only, namely, at the reception by the Queen at the Palace in The Hague and at the Royal ..."

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