V2 Vocabulary Building Dictionary
Definition: being showy, conspicuous, or pretentious, usually in an attempt to get others to notice
Synonyms: showy, pretentious, garish, grandiose, gaudy, flashy, pompous, extravagant, flamboyant, boastful
Antonyms: modest, understated, tasteful, unpretentious
Tips: Ostentatious is derived from the Latin ostendere, which means "to show or display." Think, showing something just to impress others. The word ostentatious often carries a connotation of disapproval. The related noun ostentation refers to a vulgar display of wealth, knowledge, or success, especially used to gain the admiration of others. Ostentatious is synonymous with pretentious and pompous. See a detailed analysis at pretentious.
Of course he was thrilled to have won the competition, but wearing his medal around his neck for the next week was rather ostentatious. (pretentious, boastful)
The huge, diamond-encrusted Rolex on his wrist isn't tasteful, it's ostentatious. (extravagant, garish)
She loved to flaunt her ostentatious jewelry and mink coats among her less-wealthy friends. (showy, flamboyant)
That era was marked by relentless capitalism, widespread corruption, vulgar taste, and ostentatious displays of wealth. (extravagant, boastful)
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