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ostentatious

[ os-ten-tey-shuhs, -tuhn- ]
/ ˌɒs tɛnˈteɪ ʃəs, -tən- /
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adjective

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.

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Origin of ostentatious

First recorded in 1650–60; ostentat(ion) + -ious
1. See grandiose.
os·ten·ta·tious·ly, adverbos·ten·ta·tious·ness, nounun·os·ten·ta·tious, adjectiveun·os·ten·ta·tious·ly, adverb
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  • Ostentatiousness had, I am afraid, more to do with it than love of art for art's sake.

  • But it would be a great mistake to infer that this ostentatiousness of authority concealed real servility.

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British Dictionary definitions for ostentatious

ostentatious
/ (ˌɒstɛnˈteɪʃəs) /

adjective

characterized by pretentious, showy, or vulgar display
ostentatiously, adverb
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