os·ten·ta·tious [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.
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gaudy, swank, splashy, flamboyant, extravagant, classy, garish, jaunty, conspicuous, glittery, pretentious, boastful, chichi, crass, dashing, egotistic, flatulent, fussy, gay, grandiose
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1. See grandiose.
Origin: 1650–60; ostentat(ion) + -ious
EXAMPLE SENTENCES FROM THE WEB FOR OSTENTATIOUS
And most of the contemporization sounds like what it is—an ostentatious, slightly ill-fitting suit slipped onto a stiff.
MICHAEL JACKSON’S POSTHUMOUS ALBUM, ‘XSCAPE,’ IS A CONFUSED, SHAMELESS MONEY GRAB|ANDREW ROMANO|MAY 13, 2014|DAILY BEAST
An ostentatious display of Japanese military might could scuttle those negotiations.
JAPAN PREPARES TO SHOOT NORTH KOREAN MISSILES OUT OF THE SKY|ANGELA ERIKA KUBO, JAKE ADELSTEIN|APRIL 10, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The extraordinary price for the ostentatious gown proves that fascination with Princes Diana remains as strong today as ever.
'FAIRYTALE' DIANA DRESS MAKES $140,000 AT AUCTION|TOM SYKES|DECEMBER 4, 2013|DAILY BEAST
In the photo, the ostentatious monument is undercut (literally) by a temporary stall selling wares in its niche.
CHARLES MARVILLE CAPTURES THE REBIRTH OF 1800S PARIS IN NEW EXHIBITION|WILLIAM O’CONNOR|NOVEMBER 13, 2013|DAILY BEAST
They were not ostentatious as much as they were happy—in a grownup, made-peace-with-it-all way.
GUCCI BY SUNLIGHT|ROBIN GIVHAN|SEPTEMBER 19, 2012|DAILY BEAST
What, and like town-bred, ostentatious nobles; only to splendid company?
THE MIRROR OF TASTE, AND DRAMATIC CENSOR, VOL. I, NO. 6, JUNE 1810|VARIOUS
He threatens to kill the young favorite; but Semiramis has resumed her ostentatious manner and music, and will not heed his words.
STARS OF THE OPERA|MABEL WAGNALLS
A restless, ostentatious, far-grasping, strong-handed man; who kept the world in a stir wherever he was.
HISTORY OF FRIEDRICH II. OF PRUSSIA, VOL, II. (OF XXI.)|THOMAS CARLYLE
He adopted a very extravagant and ostentatious style of living.
RICHARD I|JACOB ABBOTT
The very few public dinners that are held are served with ostentatious meagreness to escape criticism.
THE LIFE AND LETTERS OF WALTER H. PAGE, VOLUME II|BURTON J. HENDRICK