ostentate

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v ostentate display proudly; act ostentatiously or pretentiously "he showed off his new sports car"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • v. t Ostentate To make an ambitious display of; to show or exhibit boastingly.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • ostentate To make a conspicuous or ambitious display of; display.
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Quotations

  • John Locke
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    “Fashion for the most part is nothing but the ostentation of riches.”
  • Edwin Hubbel Chapin
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    “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
    Seneca
    “That which is given with pride and ostentation is rather an ambition than a bounty.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. ostentatus, p. p. of ostentare, v. intens. fr. ostendere,. See Ostent

Usage

In literature:

Maud made her way to Winchester, her progress being one of royal ostentation.
"Historical Tales, Vol. 4 (of 15)" by Charles Morris
He was very hospitable, but he had a strong aversion to formal parties, and to every kind of ostentation.
"Personal Recollections of Birmingham and Birmingham Men" by E. Edwards
Textiles developed with wealth and ostentation.
"Woman as Decoration" by Emily Burbank
For, reader, you must know that the ostentation of the rich is always putting costly pleasures within the reach of the refined not-rich.
"The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 20, No. 117, July, 1867." by Various
Neither the Choice of his Friends, nor that of his Dishes, was the Result of Pride or Ostentation.
"Zadig" by Voltaire
That squandering wealth in ostentation and luxury is a crime becomes very apparent by a close examination of the act.
"The Arena" by Various
Society is in a constant struggle between ostentation and want.
"The Andes and the Amazon" by James Orton
People who live in Brooklyn take pride in keeping up old friendships and in dressing without ostentation.
"The Patient Observer" by Simeon Strunsky
The literature of England, during the most of the last century, presents a picture of literary ostentation.
"History of Rationalism Embracing a Survey of the Present State of Protestant Theology" by John F. Hurst
The love of ostentation is not a Cornish vice.
"The Way of Ambition" by Robert Hichens
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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.
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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
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