Definitions

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The act of setting forth ostentatiously; a boastful display.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The act of setting forth ostentatiously; a boastful display.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. An ostentatious display.

Etymologies

Latin venditatio, from venditare, venditatum, to offer again and again for sale, v. freq. of vendere. See vend. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • -- And some, by a cunning protestation against all reading, and false venditation of their own naturals, think to divert the sagacity of their readers from themselves, and cool the scent of their own fox-like thefts; when yet they are so rank, as a man may find whole pages together usurped from one author; their necessities compelling them to read for present use, which could not be in many books; and so come forth more ridiculously and palpably guilty than those who, because they cannot trace, they yet would slander their industry.

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