Ostentation is an overdone, pretentious, vulgar or tacky display of wealth or knowledge.noun
An example of ostentation is a solid gold toilet seat with diamond-studded flusher.YourDictionary definition and usage example. Copyright © 2013 by LoveToKnow Corp.
Origin: ME ostentacioun < L ostentatio < ostentare < ostendere: see ostensible
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- Pretentious display meant to impress others; boastful showiness.
- Archaic The act or an instance of showing; an exhibition.
Origin: Middle English ostentacioun, from Old French ostentacion, from Latin ostentātiō, ostentātiōn-, from ostentāre, frequentative of ostendere, to show; see ostensible.