[ os-ten-tey-shuh s, -tuh n- ]
/ ˌɒs tɛnˈteɪ ʃəs, -tən- /
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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SYNONYMS FOR ostentatious
1 See grandiose.
Related formsos·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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British Dictionary definitions for ostentatiousness
/ (ˌɒstɛnˈteɪʃəs) /
characterized by pretentious, showy, or vulgar display
Derived Formsostentatiously, adverb
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Word Origin and History for ostentatiousness
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