ostentation

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Etymology[edit]

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

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  • IPA(key): /ˌɒstənˈteɪʃən/
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  • Rhymes: -eɪʃən

Noun[edit]

ostentation (usually uncountable, plural ostentations)

  1. Ambitious display; vain show; display intended to excite admiration or applause.
    • 1837, L[etitia] E[lizabeth] L[andon], Ethel Churchill: Or, The Two Brides. [], volume I, London: Henry Colburn, [], OCLC 21345056, pages 24–25:
      Sir Henry had consumed his substance in ostentation and riotous hospitality—had fed many at his board, made many merry in his halls, but not a friend was in his house of mourning; the very retainers who had grown rich upon his ruin, seemed to deem the burial of their master but a signal for carousing and license.
  2. (obsolete) A show or spectacle.

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ostentation f (plural ostentations)

  1. ostentation

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