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ostentatious

adjective

  1. (dicty)  intended to attract notice and impress others
    Synonyms: pretentious, dicty [slang, United States], poncey [Britain, informal], poncy [Britain,...
  2. (tasteless)  of a display, tawdry or vulgar
    Synonyms: pretentious. Similar to: tasteless

Etymology summary

Middle French ostentation (mid-14th century), from Latin ostentationem...
(Source: Online Etymology)  [more]

Definition references

Wikipedia:

Boasting | bragging

the act of making an ostentatious speech. It's considered a vice by such major religious groups as Islam, Hinduism, and Buddhism. Boasting has also been studied by such evolutionary psychologists as Robert Wright, and can involve magnifying an ... (38 of 545 words)

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Collins Dictionary:

ostentatious | splurgy [United States, synonym] | ostentatiously [adverb, derived]

characterized by pretentious, showy, or vulgar display (7 of 391 words, 9 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/ostentatious

Merriam-Webster:

ostentatious | flamboyant [synonym] | flaring [synonym] | flashy [synonym] | garish [synonym] | glitzy [synonym] | loud [synonym] | noisy [synonym] | gaudy [synonym] | ...

marked by or fond of conspicuous or vainglorious and sometimes pretentious display (12 of 264 words, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/ostentatious

Macmillan British Dictionary:

ostentatious [showing disapproval] | ostentatiously [adverb, related]

intended to impress people or attract their admiration, in a way that you think is extreme and unnecessary | always trying to impress people with how ... (25 of 70 words, 2 definitions, 2 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/ostentatious

Cambridge Dictionary:

ostentatious [disapproving] | ostentatiously [adverb, disapproving, derived]

too obviously showing your money, possessions or power, in an attempt to make other people notice and admire you (19 of 69 words, 4 usage examples, pronunciations)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/ostentatious

Oxford Dictionary:

ostentatious | ostentatiously [derived] | ostentatiousness [derived]

characterized by pretentious or showy display; designed to impress (9 of 49 words, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/ostentatious

Random House Dictionary:

ostentatious

characterized by or given to pretentious or conspicuous show in an attempt to impress others. | (of actions, manner, qualities exhibited, etc.) ... (21 of 40 words, 2 definitions, 2 usage examples, pronunciation)

dictionary​.infoplease​.com​/ostentatious

New World Dictionary:

ostentation | ostentatious [adjective, related] | ostentatiously [adverb, related] | ostentatiousness [noun, related]

showy display, as of wealth or knowledge; pretentiousness (8 of 27 words, pronunciation)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/ostentation

Wiktionary:

ostentatious | gaudy [synonym, sense-specific] | kitsch [synonym, sense-specific]

Of ostentation. | Intended to attract notice. | Of tawdry display; kitsch. (10 of 19 words, 3 definitions, pronunciation)

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/ostentatious

American Heritage Dictionary:

ostentatious | ostentatiously [adverb, related]

Characterized by or given to ostentation; pretentious. (7 of 17 words, pronunciation)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/ostentatious

Encarta Dictionary:

ostentatious

marked by a vulgar display of wealth and success designed to impress people (13 of 34 words, pronunciation)

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861635635​/definition​.html  [offline]

Etymology references

Online Etymology:

ostentatious

First use: mid-15th century

Origin: Middle French ostentation (mid-14th century), from Latin ostentationem (nominative ostentatio) "vain display", from ... (15 of 25 etymology words)

www​.etymonline​.com​/index​.php term=ostentatious

Merriam-Webster:

ostentatious

First use: 15th century

Origin: Middle English ostentacion, from Middle French, from Latin ostentation-, ostentatio, from ostentare to display, frequentative of ostendere

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Wiktionary:

ostentatious

Origin: Originated 1650-60; ostentation+-ious.

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/ostentatious

Encarta Dictionary:

ostentatious

First use: 15th century

Origin: Old French from Latin ostentation- from ostentare "display, exhibit" from ostendere

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861635635​/definition​.html  [offline]

Audio references

Collins Dictionary:

ostentatious

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "ostentatious"

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/ostentatious

Macmillan British Dictionary:

ostentatious [showing disapproval]

Audio: British English pronunciation of "ostentatious"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/ostentatious

Cambridge Dictionary:

ostentatious [disapproving]

Audio 1: British English pronunuciation of "ostentatious"

Audio 2: North American English pronunuciation of "ostentatious"

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/ostentatious

Macmillan American Dictionary:

ostentatious [showing disapproval]

Audio: North American pronunciation of "ostentatious"

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the Free Dictionary:

ostentatious

Audio 1: North American English pronunciation of "ostentatious"

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Audio 3: North American English pronunciation of "ostentatious" by speech synthesizer

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Google Dictionary:

ostentatious

Audio: English pronunciation of "ostentatious"

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Merriam-Webster Pronunciation:

ostentatious

Audio: North American pronunciation of "ostentatious"

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/audio​.php file=ostent​02 word=ostentatious

YourDictionary Audio:

ostentatious

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "ostentatious" by speech synthesizer

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