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ostentatious

[os-ten-tey-shuh s, -tuh n-] /ˌɒs tɛnˈteɪ ʃəs, -tən-/
adjective
1.
characterized by or given to pretentious or conspicuous show in an attempt to impress others:
an ostentatious dresser.
2.
(of actions, manner, qualities exhibited, etc.) intended to attract notice:
Lady Bountiful's ostentatious charity.
Origin of ostentatious
1650-1660
First recorded in 1650-60; ostentat(ion) + -ious
Related forms
ostentatiously, adverb
ostentatiousness, noun
unostentatious, adjective
unostentatiously, adverb
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  • "He just stopped me to say it's been the best year he ever had," she explained, with ostentatious vanity.

    Within the Law Marvin Dana
  • “Force of personality,” he repeated, with ostentatious calm.

    The Secret Agent Joseph Conrad
  • "You ain't eat a thing," said he, with an ostentatious kindliness.

    Tiverton Tales Alice Brown
  • Miss Madden welcomed the diversion by rising with ostentatious vigour.

    The Market-Place Harold Frederic
  • The process of conversion was, for decency's sake, protracted and ostentatious.

    Henry IV, Makers of History John S. C. Abbott
British Dictionary definitions for ostentatious

ostentatious

/ˌɒstɛnˈteɪʃəs/
adjective
1.
characterized by pretentious, showy, or vulgar display
Derived Forms
ostentatiously, adverb
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Word Origin and History for ostentatious
adj.

1701, from ostentation + -ous. Earlier in a similar sense were ostentative (c.1600); ostentive (1590s). Related: Ostentatiously; ostentatiousness (1650s).

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