Definitions

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  • n. One fond of display; a boaster.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. One fond of display; a boaster.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. One who makes a vain show; a boaster.

Etymologies

Latin (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • “Omnium qu� dixerat feceratque, arte quadam ostentator” (He had a knack of showing off and advertising whatever he said or did).

    Oscar Wilde, His Life and Confessions

  • But all this while, when I speak of vain – glory, I mean not of that property, that Tacitus doth attribute to Mucianus; Omnium quae dixerat feceratque arte quadam ostentator: for that proceeds not of vanity, but of natural magnanimity and discretion; and in some persons, is not only comely, but gracious.

    The Essays

  • Mutianus, who was the greatest politique of his time, Omnium quae dixerat feceratque arte quadam ostentator, which requireth indeed some art, lest it turn tedious and arrogant; but yet so, as ostentation (though it be to the first degree of vanity) seemeth to me rather a vice in manners than in policy; for as it is said,

    The Advancement of Learning

  • “Omnium quae dixerat feceratque, arte quadam ostentator” (He had a knack of showing off and advertising whatever he said or did).

    Oscar Wilde

  • "" Omnium quae dixerat feceratque, arte quadam ostentator "" (He had a knack of showing off and advertising whatever he said or did).

    Oscar Wilde His Life and Confessions

  • But all this while, when I speak of vain-glory, I mean not of that property that Tacitus doth attribute to Mucianus; Omnium quæ dixerat feceratque arte quadam ostentator [A man that had a kind of art of setting forth to advantage all that he had said or done]: for that proceeds not of vanity, but of natural magnanimity and discretion; and in some persons is not only comely, but gracious.

    LIV. Of Vain-glory

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