ostentation

Ostentation is a pretentious or showy display (gaudy or flashy), usually designed to attract attention. Ostentation is a woman in a fur coat, covered in diamond jewelry, boarding a gold-plated private jet.

The noun ostentation stems from the Latin word ostentationem, meaning "vain display." It is often associated with material items that showcase one's wealth and luxury. Ostentation might come to the minds of the other parents if you drive a Lamborghini to drop your kids off at school. A movie star's gas-guzzling, 400-foot yacht may also be considered by many as a symbol of ostentation.

Definitions of ostentation
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n pretentious or showy or vulgar display

Type of:
largeness, pretension, pretentiousness
the quality of being pretentious (behaving or speaking in such a manner as to create a false appearance of great importance or worth)

n a gaudy outward display

Synonyms:
fanfare, flash
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bluster, bravado
a swaggering show of courage
exhibitionism
extravagant and conspicuous behavior intended to attract attention to yourself
ritz
ostentatious display of elegance
splurge
an ostentatious display (of effort or extravagance etc.)
pedantry
an ostentatious and inappropriate display of learning
Type of:
display
exhibiting openly in public view

n lack of elegance as a consequence of being pompous and puffed up with vanity

Synonyms:
inflation, ostentatiousness, pomposity, pompousness, pretentiousness, puffiness, splashiness
Type of:
inelegance
the quality of lacking refinement and good taste

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