A Word A Day : Ostentatious
( Adjective )Ostentatious
Word of 12th June 2007: A Word A Day-Ostentatious
(AHS ten TAY shu): excessively conspicuous, showing off
• The designer’s use of expensive materials was ostentatious
. Every piece of furniture was covered with silk or velvet and every piece of hardware was made of silver or gold.
• The donor was ostentatious
in making his gift to the hospital. He held a big press conference to announce it and then walked through the wards to give patients an opportunity to thank him personally.
• The young lawyer had ostentatiously
hung his Harvard diploma on the door to his office.
• To be ostentatious
is to engage in ostentation
• Jerry wore soiled-gold shoes to the party. I was shocked by his ostentation
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