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Ostentatious

[ˌä-stən-ˈtā-shəs]

Part of speech: adjective

Origin: Latin, 17th century

1.

Meant to impress or draw attention

2.

Overly flamboyant or showy

Examples of Ostentatious in a sentence

"The ostentatious decor of the museum distracted from the artwork on display."

"He corrected everything I said in an ostentatious attempt to appear to be an expert."

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About Ostentatious

People who are showy and ostentatious tend to be opulent and public in their spending habits. For example, movie star Johnny Depp once paid $7,000 for a couch from the set of Keeping Up with the Kardashians, and it's been reported that he once spent $30,000 a month on wine.

Did you Know?

The roots of ostentatious are satisfyingly on display. The origins come from a Latin word which means, yes, to display.

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