[os-ten-tey-shuh n, -tuh n-] /ˌɒs tɛnˈteɪ ʃən, -tən-/

pretentious or conspicuous show, as of wealth or importance; display intended to impress others.
Archaic. the act of showing or exhibiting; display.
pretentious, showy, or vulgar display

mid-15c., from Old French ostentacion (mid-14c.) and directly from Latin ostentationem (nominative ostentatio) “showing, exhibition, vain display,” noun of action from past participle stem of ostentare “to display,” frequentative of ostendere “to show” (see ostensible).


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