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Date: 1400-1500
Language: Old French
Origin: Latin, from ostentare 'to show ostentatiously', from ostendere; OSTENSIBLE

ostentation

noun
     
os‧ten‧ta‧tion [uncountable] formal
when you deliberately try to show people how rich or clever you are, in order to make them admire you:
Her lifestyle was remarkably free from ostentation.

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