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ostentation

[ os-ten-tey-shuhn, -tuhn- ]
/ ˌɒs tɛnˈteɪ ʃən, -tən- /
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noun
pretentious or conspicuous show, as of wealth or importance; display intended to impress others.
Archaic. the act of showing or exhibiting; display.
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Origin of ostentation

1425–75; late Middle English ostentacioun<Middle French ostentation<Latin ostentātiōn- (stem of ostentātiō), equivalent to ostentāt(us) past participle of ostentāre to display, exhibit, frequentative of ostendere to present, display (equivalent to os-, var of ob-ob- + ten(dere) to stretch + -t- frequentative suffix + -ātus-ate1) + -iōn--ion

OTHER WORDS FROM ostentation

non·os·ten·ta·tion, noun
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Ostentation is the pretentious or conspicuous showing of one’s wealth or importance. How does ostentation compare to show, display, and pomp? Learn more on Thesaurus.com.

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British Dictionary definitions for ostentation

ostentation
/ (ˌɒstɛnˈteɪʃən) /

noun
pretentious, showy, or vulgar display
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