• Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Ostentator One fond of display; a boaster.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n ostentator One who makes a vain show; a boaster.
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  • John Locke
    “Fashion for the most part is nothing but the ostentation of riches.”
  • Edwin Hubbel Chapin
    “Ostentation is the signal flag of hypocrisy.”
  • William Hutton
    William Hutton
    “The charity that hastens to proclaim its good deeds, ceases to be charity, and is only pride and ostentation.”
  • Seneca
    “That which is given with pride and ostentation is rather an ambition than a bounty.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary


In literature:

Some said this indicated pride, some said ostentation; but it was simply shyness.
"Turns of Fortune" by Mrs. S. C. Hall
In no period was jewelry worn more ornately, or with greater display, we might almost say ostentation, than in the age of Shakespeare.
"Shakespeare and Precious Stones" by George Frederick Kunz
Mr B., with more simplicity of taste, pronounces this little better than theatrical ostentation.
"Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine -- Volume 55, No. 340, February, 1844" by Various
Such a charming, quiet room, without the least bit of ostentation, yet simply breathing beauty and refinement.
"Mrs. Red Pepper" by Grace S. Richmond
This old soldier made no scruple of extolling the various achievements of his youth; indeed, his merits more than supported his ostentation.
"Pinnock's Improved Edition of Dr. Goldsmith's History of Rome" by Oliver Goldsmith
They believe the contrary of him who does not live with so much ostentation.
"The Philippine Islands, 1493-1898, Volume XXIII, 1629-30" by Various
Where taxes are high, and luxury great, there must be some persons who have a great deal of ostentation, even if they have little taste.
"An Inquiry into the Permanent Causes of the Decline and Fall of Powerful and Wealthy Nations." by William Playfair
He lived in a style of pomp and ostentation far beyond that of the emperor himself.
"Historical Tales, Vol 5 (of 15)" by Charles Morris
Lenin's Legation had opened up modestly and without ostentation as becomes a world's reformer, a distributing office on each one of the four.
"Punch, or the London Charivari, Vol. 159, September 29th, 1920" by Various
He is a great enemy to formality, etiquette, ostentation, and luxury.
"Memoir, Correspondence, And Miscellanies, From The Papers Of Thomas Jefferson" by Thomas Jefferson

In poetry:

From seas whose cyclic ebb and sweep,
Unseen to Life's oblivious hours,
Are ostent of the changeless Pow'rs
That hold dominion of the Deep.
"The Testimony of the Suns" by George Sterling
The crisis suited not with pomp, and she
Whose anguish bears the seal of consecration
Had wished his Christian obsequies should be
Thus void of ostentation.
"Obsequies Of Stuart" by John Reuben Thompson
IN vision I roamed the flashing Firmament,
So fierce in blazon that the Night waxed wan,
As though with an awed sense of such ostent;
And as I thought my spirit ranged on and on
"In Vision I Roamed" by Thomas Hardy

In news:

Friendship, like all truth, delights in plainness and simplicity, and it is the counterfeit alone that needs ornament and ostentation.
Solid and Cozy, Short on Ostentation .
No sense, save for the logic of pure ostentation.
It's ostentation for its own sake when one of the richest men in America and his trophy wife attempt to build themselves a palace—only to find themselves on a collision course with an economic reality they helped to create.
When the curtain goes up on season's opening at the Metropolitan Opera, the audience presents a picture of aristocratic splendor and ostentation.

In science:

It could be due to a decrease in royal power or to a poorer economy. “They are smaller than their predecessors, and are built of low quality local stone”. That is, less resources for ostentation, echoing Pliny.
Abusir: from Pliny the Elder to Google Maps