Os`ten*ta"tion (?), n. [L. ostentatio: cf. F. ostentation.]
The act of ostentating or of making an ambitious display; unnecessary show; pretentious parade; -- usually in a detractive sense.
vain of fleshly arm."
He knew that good and bountiful minds were sometimes inclined to ostentation.
A show or spectacle.
Syn. -- Parade; pageantry; show; pomp; pompousness; vaunting; boasting. See Parade.
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