What Does Ostentatious Mean?

October 6, 2010 |  by  |  Lifestyle
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Internet users everywhere have been googling the word “ostentatious” after it was mentioned in a few recent news articles. But what does ostentatious mean?

According to Dictionary.com:

/ˌɒstɛnˈteɪʃəs, -tən-/ Show Spelled[os-ten-tey-shuhs, -tuhn-]
1. characterized by or given to pretentious or conspicuous show in an attempt to impress others: an ostentatious dresser.
2. (of actions, manner, qualities exhibited, etc.) intended to attract notice: Lady Bountiful’s ostentatious charity.

1650–60; ostentat(ion) + -ious

—Related forms
os·ten·ta·tious·ly, adverb
os·ten·ta·tious·ness, noun
un·os·ten·ta·tious, adjective
un·os·ten·ta·tious·ly, adverb

Does that clear things up for you?

Ostentatious was used in these three popular articles:

From The Telegraph: “Any game that starts with you selecting the menu option “NEW JOURNEY” can’t help but conjure visions of either ostentatious posturing or going on a road trip with a hemp shoulder bag stuffed with incense sticks.”

From Sify News: “(West Bengal), Oct 6 (IANS) There is no chanting of Sanskrit mantras or ostentatious decor.”

From The Independent: “His shows are never presented on anything less than the grandest scale but, even so, such an ostentatious display of wealth and power was breathtaking.”

So there you have it.


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1 Comment

  1. We are such a stupid country. Thank god for Google.


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