ostentation

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Etymology[edit]

Originated 1425–75 from late Middle English ostentacioun, from Middle French ostentation, from Latin ostentātiō, equivalent to ostentātus (past participle of ostentāre, to display or exhibit), frequentative of ostendere (to present, display) + -iōn.

Pronunciation[edit]

Rhymes: -eɪʃən

Noun[edit]

ostentation (usually uncountable, plural ostentations)

  1. Ambitious display; vain show; display intended to excite admiration or applause.
  2. (obsolete) A show or spectacle.

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References[edit]

  • ostentation” in The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition, Houghton Mifflin Company, 2000.
  • ostentation” in Dictionary.com Unabridged, v1.0.1, Lexico Publishing Group, 2006.
  • "ostentation" in WordNet 2.0, Princeton University, 2003.