[os-ten-tey-shuh s, -tuh n-]
- characterized by or given to pretentious or conspicuous show in an attempt to impress others: an ostentatious dresser.
- (of actions, manner, qualities exhibited, etc.) intended to attract notice: Lady Bountiful's ostentatious charity.
Origin of ostentatious
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1. See grandiose.
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Then he ostentatiously returned the gun he was holding to its holster.The Law-Breakers
We took revolvers, holding them ostentatiously in our pockets.
They were ostentatiously solemnizing the obsequies of the departed monarch.Henry IV, Makers of History
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She was not merely regardless of it, but ostentatiously disdainful.Schwartz: A History
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The girl was now shunned, ostentatiously, carefully shunned.Little Novels of Italy
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- characterized by pretentious, showy, or vulgar display
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Word Origin and History for ostentatiously
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