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Noun: ostentation  ,ós-tun'tey-shun or ,ós,ten'tey-shun
  1. A gaudy outward display
    - fanfare, flash
  2. Lack of elegance as a consequence of being pompous and puffed up with vanity
    "a charming host without any touch of stiffness or ostentation";
    - ostentatiousness, pomposity, pompousness, pretentiousness, puffiness, splashiness, inflation
  3. Pretentious, showy or vulgar display

Derived forms: ostentations

Type of: display, inelegance, largeness, pretension, pretentiousness

Encyclopedia: Ostentation