Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The act of showing, or an act which shows; hence, manifestation; indication; display; profession.
- n. Aspect; air; manner; mien.
- n. That which is pointed out as strange or alarming; a sign; portent; wonder; prodigy.
- To show; make a display of; flourish.
GNU Webster's 1913
- Latin ostentus, ostentum, from ostendere (past participle ostensus and ostentus) to show. See ostensible. (Wiktionary)
“After a Sydney-wide ineluctable ostent — for Lo! the sky turned blood red and all took on a Martian hue — the Six Sennight Remedial Treatment for Elimination of Superfluity of the Central Circumferences for the Young At Heart Though Not in Years has arrived through the good offices of the local dak wallah.”
“In the city of glorious ostent and vanity, he had come to look for humility and peace.”
“They resented this ostent of entry; the men more sullenly than the women, some of whom in their hearts could not help admiring its high-and-mighty insolence.”
“What, even of the best and most successful, would be justified by itself alone? by the present, or the material ostent alone?”
“But the ostent continuously imposing, who is not aware that any such living fountains of belief in them are now utterly ceasd and departed from the minds of men?”
“But the ostent continuously imposing, who is not aware that any such living fountains of belief in them are now utterly ceas'd and departed from the minds of men?”
“Fearless of scoffing, and of the ostent, let us take our stand, our ground, and never desert it, to confront the growing excess and arrogance of realism.”
“Of the war itself, we know in the ostent what has been done.”
“To the ostent of the senses and eyes [he writes], the influences which stamp the world's history are wars, uprisings, or downfalls of dynasties ....”
“II. ii.205 (141,9) [sad ostent] Grave appearance; shew of staid and serious behaviour.”
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