ostentation ostentation  /ˌɔ stɛn ˈteɪ ʃən/


  1. (n) a gaudy outward display
  2. (n) lack of elegance as a consequence of being pompous and puffed up with vanity
  3. (n) pretentious or showy or vulgar display


  1. The Romans had a genius for transforming loot into colossally vulgar display, ostentation on an imperial scale.
  2. Gays who felt insecure in small Southwestern and Southern towns like the one where I grew up have long been drawn to this city of great yearning and ostentation.
  3. The great Roman emperor Augustus, grandnephew of Julius Caesar, was frightened of thunder and fond of virgins, but his most publicized characteristic was opposition to ostentation.


  • The Pope Says You Should Drive A More Reasonable Car

    As part of his general attitude against ostentation, Pope Francis thinks Catholic priests and nuns (but probably you, too) should spend less time trying to buy the newest, fanciest thing. Of all the adjectives used to describe a pope, down-to-earth is not usually the first to come to mind. But the new, Argentinean Pope Francis has shown himself to be a man of the people, departing from the ...
    on July 12, 2013     Source: Fast Company Magazine


  1. "Christians, Jews, Muslims, all believers regardless of their faith, must refrain from ostentation and provocation and ...... practice their religion in humble discretion," Mr Sarkozy wrote.
    on Dec 8, 2009 By: Nicolas Sarkozy Source: Times Online

  2. Alun Ffred Jones, the heritage minister, commented that tourists are seeking "real value and authentic quality, not over indulgence and ostentation".
    on Dec 30, 2008 By: Alun Ffred Jones Source: Car Rentals

  3. "Attitudes about luxury are changing, and Lincoln is at the forefront of the shift," says Peter Horbury, executive director, North American Design. "People want refinement, rather than ostentation. Lincoln MKS is a luxury car that doesn't...
    on Jan 8, 2006 By: Peter Horbury Source: MPH Online

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