from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Pretentious display meant to impress others; boastful showiness.
- n. Archaic The act or an instance of showing; an exhibition.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. Ambitious display; vain show; display intended to excite admiration or applause.
- n. A show or spectacle.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The act of ostentating or of making an ambitious display; unnecessary show; pretentious parade; -- usually in a detractive sense.
- n. A show or spectacle.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Display; especially, public display.
- n. A sight or spectacle; show; ceremony.
- n. Ambitious display; pretentious parade; vain show; display intended to excite admiration or applause.
- n. Synonyms Show, Display, Parade, Ostentation, flourish, dash. Show is the most general word for the purposed exhibition of that which might have been kept private; as such, it includes the others. Ostentation is always bad; the others may be good in certain relations. Parade and display are more suggestive of the simple act, ostentation of the spirit: as, to make a parade of one's learning; it was ostentation that led the Pharisees to make a parade or display of their charities and prayers. Parade is a matter of vanity; ostentation, of vanity, pride, or ambition.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a gaudy outward display
- n. pretentious or showy or vulgar display
- n. lack of elegance as a consequence of being pompous and puffed up with vanity
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Another simile comes to mind when thinking about the comparison: The haiku were slim, efficient tidy bodies — healthy, lacking in ostentation and self-assured about themselves.
As for the painters who commanded these extraordinary prices, they rivalled each other in ostentation and vanity.
You'll see a painted winder there which that 'Umpage got put up to his aunt -- that's his ostentation, that is.
This, by some, may be called ostentation -- be it so; it was the way in which I discovered my pride; and I trust, at all events, that it was equally laudable with the generous boon of our reverend doctor and justice, of the "_Old Alderney Cow_."
I would also observe that it is not publicity, but ostentation, which is prohibited; not the mode, but the motive of the action, which is regulated.
The kind of ostentation which is criminal, and criminal only because it is fraudulent, is where a person makes a show of giving when in reality he does not give.
The exhibits have been divided into six categories namely ostentation, quiet refinement, crispness, fine detail, deformation and flowers and birds.
For the next few days a deplorable kind of ostentation seemed to possess the Jews.
Of this kind of ostentation I very soon had a slight proof.