Origin of ostentation
Examples from the Web for ostentation
He was a showman who indulged in ostentation and flamboyance.
It can be shocking at first—the copious amounts of nudity, ostentation, “O” faces, all twisted, layered, sometimes even malformed.
Ostensibly his vocation was that of a travelling farm-hand, but it was all ostentation.Sally of Missouri|R. E. Young
The lower class were idle and lazy, and willing to serve any sovereign who appealed to them by ostentation.Napoleon's Marshals|R. P. Dunn-Pattison
He stopped at the best hotels and betrayed all his old fondness for ostentation.Mysteries of Police and Crime|Arthur Griffiths
I wouldn't put his arms upon my carriage, however, because that would mean nothing but ostentation.The Potiphar Papers|George William Curtis
Yet his talents never seduced him into an ostentation, nor did he harp on one string.English Critical Essays|Various
British Dictionary definitions for ostentation
Word Origin and History for ostentation
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).