- pretentious or conspicuous show, as of wealth or importance; display intended to impress others.
- Archaic. the act of showing or exhibiting; display.
Origin of ostentation
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Examples from the Web for ostentations
Its luxuries and ostentations were, in themselves, perhaps bad for us.All Roads Lead to Calvary
Jerome K. Jerome
Such love is impossible to it, whatever its pretensions and ostentations in that respect.Epistle Sermons, Vol. II
It had been choked by the false principles and ostentations that her mother had taught her.The Automobile Girls at Palm Beach
Laura Dent Crane
From the first he eschewed the facile trickeries and ostentations which allure the populace.Tales of the Five Towns
- pretentious, showy, or vulgar display
Word Origin and History for ostentations
mid-15c., from Old French ostentacion (mid-14c.) and directly from Latin ostentationem (nominative ostentatio) "showing, exhibition, vain display," noun of action from past participle stem of ostentare "to display," frequentative of ostendere "to show" (see ostensible).