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Synonyms for ostentation
ˌɒs tɛnˈteɪ ʃən, -tən-os·ten·ta·tion

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English Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. ostentation

    Ostentation is an ambitious showing forth of whatever is thought adapted to win admiration or praise; ostentation may be without words; as, the ostentation of wealth in fine residences, rich clothing, costly equipage, or the like; when in words, ostentation is rather in manner than in direct statement; as, the ostentation of learning. Boasting is in direct statement, and is louder and more vulgar than ostentation. There may be great display or show with little substance; ostentation suggests something substantial to be shown. Pageant, pageantry, parade, and pomp refer principally to affairs of arms or state; as, a royal pageant; a military parade. Pomp is some material demonstration of wealth and power, as in grand and stately ceremonial, rich furnishings, processions, etc., considered as worthy of the person or occasion in whose behalf it is manifested; pomp is the noble side of that which as ostentation is considered as arrogant and vain. Pageant and pageantry are inferior to pomp, denoting spectacular display designed to impress the public mind, and since the multitude is largely ignorant and thoughtless, the words pageant and pageantry have a suggestion of the transient and unsubstantial. Parade (Latin paro, prepare) is an exhibition as of troops in camp going through the evolutions that are to be used in battle, and suggests a lack of earnestness and direct or immediate occasion or demand; hence, in the more general sense, a parade is an uncalled for exhibition, and so used is a more disparaging word than ostentation; ostentation may spring merely from undue self-gratulation, parade implies a desire to impress others with a sense of one's abilities or resources, and is always offensive and somewhat contemptible; as, a parade of wealth or learning. Pomposity and pompousness are the affectation of pomp.

    boast, boasting, display, flourish, pageant, pageantry, parade, pomp, pomposity, pompousness, show, vaunt, vaunting

    diffidence, modesty, quietness, reserve, retirement, shrinking, timidity, unobtrusiveness

Complete Dictionary of Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. ostentation

    show, parade, display, flourish, pomp, vaunting, boasting

    reserve, retirement, modesty, concealment, unobtrusiveness, quiet, diffidence

Princeton's WordNet

  1. ostentation, fanfare, flashnoun

    a gaudy outward display

    flare, instant, flashbulb, news bulletin, inflation, flash lamp, flashgun, tucket, heartbeat, flourish, pompousness, flash, photoflash, blink of an eye, pretentiousness, pomposity, flash bulb, wink, newsbreak, flashing, newsflash, jiffy, puffiness, ostentatiousness, split second, fanfare, trice, twinkling, splashiness

  2. ostentation, ostentatiousness, pomposity, pompousness, pretentiousness, puffiness, splashiness, inflationnoun

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

    swelling, puffiness, fanfare, pomposity, flash, pretension, rising prices, largeness, pretentiousness, inflation, splashiness, lump, ostentatiousness, pompousness

  3. ostentationnoun

    pretentious or showy or vulgar display

    puffiness, fanfare, pomposity, flash, pretentiousness, inflation, splashiness, ostentatiousness, pompousness

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Dictionary of English Synonymes

  1. ostentationnoun

    display, show, parade, flourish, dash, pomposity, pompousness, pageantry, high pretension

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How to use ostentation in a sentence?

  1. Chinese Vice Premier Zhang Gaoli:

    Most certainly do not engage in ostentation, waste or luxury.

  2. Edwin Hubbel Chapin:

    Ostentation is the signal flag of hypocrisy.

  3. William Penn:

    Speak properly, and in as few words as you can, but always plainly; for the end of speech is not ostentation, but to be understood.

  4. Fyodor Dostoevsky:

    By interpreting freedom as the propagation and immediate gratification of needs, people distort their own nature, for they engender in themselves a multitude of pointless and foolish desires, habits, and incongruous stratagems. Their lives are motivated only by mutual envy, sensuality, and ostentation.

  5. John Locke:

    Fashion for the most part is nothing but the ostentation of riches.

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  • okázalostCzech
  • Pomp, Schaustellung, Prahlerei, Spektakel, Zurschaustellung, SchauGerman
  • näytös, näytelmäFinnish
  • spectacle, ostentationFrench
  • डींगHindi
  • 催眠Japanese
  • show, spektakel, aanstellerijDutch
  • ostentațieRomanian
  • показное проявление, хвастовство, демонстрация, выставление напоказRussian

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