Part of speech: noun

Boastful display; pretentious parade.

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Usage examples "ostentation":

  1. One offence alleged against Serena was that she had taken a necklace from the statue of Vesta- it was then the fashion to clothe and adorn the statues, whether in the interest of modesty or ostentation we cannot say. - "Women of Early Christianity Woman: In all ages and in all countries, Vol. 3 (of 10)", Alfred Brittain Mitchell Carroll.
  2. In conclusion, we desire to refer to the good management with which without ostentation its affairs are vigorously pushed forward, believing that the ever- living, ever- aggressive principle of right will sustain them and secure the success which so commendable an enterprise deserves. - "A Woman's Life-Work Labors and Experiences", Laura S. Haviland.
  3. 27 He was profuse to ostentation. - "History-of-the-Conquest-of-Peru", Prescott, William Hickling.