Ostentatious

Pronunciation: [ os-ten-tey-shuhs ]

Definition: adjective

1: characterized by or given to pretentious or conspicuous show in an attempt to impress others

2: (of actions, manner, qualities exhibited, etc.) intended to attract notice

Origin: 1650-1660


Etymology: from ostentat(ion) + -ious


Usage:

Synonyms:

  • pretentious

  • swank

  • boastful

  • crass

  • exhibitionistic

Antonyms:

  • calm

  • moderate

  • tasteful

  • modest

  • plain

  • quiet

  • reserved

Example 1: She was the kind of person who bought intellectual books to ostentatiously display and impress her company.

Example 2: Her bold choices in fashion were very ostentatious.


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