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[ US /ˌɑstənˈteɪʃəs/ ]
[ UK /ˌɒstəntˈe‍ɪʃəs/ ]
  1. intended to attract notice and impress others
    an ostentatious sable coat
  2. (of a display) tawdry or vulgar
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How To Use ostentatious In A Sentence

  • Founded exactly 25 years ago, this group of ostentatious do-gooders vow ‘to promulgate universal joy and expiate stigmatic guilt’.
  • They put this view into practice quite straightforwardly, avoided ostentatious clothing and wealth, refused to swear oaths in court, to bear arms or to defend themselves.
  • THE CHRISTMASES OF QUEEN VICTORIA have been kept with much bountifulness, but after the gracious manner of a Christian Queen who cares more for the welfare of her beloved subjects than for ostentatious display. Christmas: Its Origin and Associations Together with Its Historical Events and Festive Celebrations During Nineteen Centuries
  • An unostentatiously devout man, that is where he would, in different circumstances, undoubtedly have been. DARE CALL IT TREASON
  • ‘They would have needed social stability’, he says, suggesting brochs were not watch towers or forts, but ‘ostentatious signs of status and wealth’.
  • Such winkingly ostentatious nastiness and Mr. Pollock's habit of telegraphing violence rather than lingering over it make this violent book surprisingly easy to read and digest. The Comic-Grotesque Goes North
  • Ostentatious expenditure focused the attention of the poor on the wealth of the wealthy, for this of course was its purpose.
  • I don't wish to influence others, but it jars upon me to have my name ostentatiously paraded in the public prints. Luke Walton
  • They were neither aggressive nor ostentatious.
  • Hey you - people in love, do you have to be so ostentatious about it?
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