from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The act of showing, or an act which shows; hence, manifestation; indication; display; profession.
  • noun Aspect; air; manner; mien.
  • noun That which is pointed out as strange or alarming; a sign; portent; wonder; prodigy.
  • To show; make a display of; flourish.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun Appearance; air; mien.
  • noun Manifestation; token; portent.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun appearance; air; mien
  • noun manifestation; token; portent


from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

Latin ostentus, ostentum, from ostendere (past participle ostensus and ostentus) to show. See ostensible.



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  • n., a sign or wonder, a portent (From Latin word meaning 'something shown;' see also: ostentiferous)

    July 9, 2008

  • Is this how our twigs should be bent?

    The goblin’s example has meant

    The way to succeed

    Is easy indeed,

    With bluster and pompous ostent.

    November 6, 2018