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 Meanings and Examples of OSTENTATION
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ostentation
 n.  making ambitious display; unnecessary show; pretentious parade
Classic Sentence:
1  With the Republicans in the political saddle the town entered into an era of waste and ostentation, with the trappings of refinement thinly veneering the vice and vulgarity beneath.
Gone With The Wind By Margaret Mitche
Context  Highlight   In CHAPTER XLIX
2  She had passed beyond the phase of well-bred reciprocity, in which every demonstration must be scrupulously proportioned to the emotion it elicits, and generosity of feeling is the only ostentation condemned.
House of Mirth By Edith Wharton
Context  Highlight   In BOOK 2: Chapter 12
3  One day, without consulting Legree, she suddenly took it upon her, with some considerable ostentation, to change all the furniture and appurtenances of the room to one at some considerable distance.
Uncle Tom's Cabin By Harriet Beecher Stowe
Context  Highlight   In CHAPTER XXXIX
4  He carried his fat paunch with ostentation on his short legs, and during the time his gang infested the station spoke to no one but his nephew.
Heart of Darkness By Joseph Conrad
Context  Highlight   In I
5  She had a small property, which she bequeathed with much ostentation to a religious community.
Les Misérables (V1) By Victor Hugo
Context  Highlight   In BOOK 5: CHAPTER VIII—MADAME VICTURNIEN EXPENDS THIRTY FRANCS ON M...
Example Sentence:
1  Choose a life of action, not one of ostentation.
2  I don't like the ostentation of their expensive life - style.
3  As for the painters who commanded these extraordinary prices, they rivaled each other in ostentation and vanity.