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Word: ostentatious

Definition: showy; trying to attract attention; pretentious; N. ostentation: showy display


Sentences Containing 'ostentatious'

He describes a folly as 'a misunderstood building', and elaborates on this in an introduction: "Ideally, folly should be a big, Gothick, ostentatious, over-ambitious and useless structure, preferably with a wildly improbable local legend attached – but in real life it must be admitted that follies defy even such broad definitions.
He passed his hand complacently over his bald head, and said with ostentatious resignation: 'My dear, we will not anticipate the decrees of fortune.
However, after two years, the duo Kiralfy/Haller gave up again, their ostentatious shows with too little content finding little favour with audiences.
I saw there none of the swell airs and graces, and ostentatious displays of money, and pompous squanderings of it, which used to distinguish the steamboat crowd from the dry land crowd in the bygone days, in the thronged billiard rooms of St. Louis.
In the summer of 1520, a meeting was staged between Francis I of France and Henry VIII of England, where the ostentatious display of wealth and power earned the meeting-place the name of "The Field of Cloth of Gold".
More importantly, "The War Report" is often credited with reviving East Coast and hardcore hip hop, signaling a return to realistic and gritty hardcore street aesthetics (defined by unapologetic tales of violence and drugs) and spelling an end to the surrealistic, ostentatious, and fictional narratives of mafioso rap.
Mr. Cruncher could not be restrained from making rather an ostentatious parade of his liberality``I'd catch hold of your throat and choke you for half a guinea.''
Rainer has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6300 Hollywood Boulevard. On 24 February 2011, at age 101, she said in an interview to BBC Radio 4 that the Oscars were not as ostentatious as they are now.
The proud minister of an ostentatious court, may frequently take pleasure in executing a work of splendour and magnificence, such as a great highway, which is frequently seen by the principal nobility, whose applauses not only flatter his vanity, but even contribute to support his interest at court.
Though truly vivacious, tumultuous, ostentatious little Flask would now and then stamp with impatience; but not one added heave did he thereby give to the negro's lordly chest.
Webster calls the symphony "a splendidly ostentatious work, displaying the prowess of the horn players to maximum effect in all four movements."
What to the ostentatious smuggling verbalists are the thoughts of thinkers but Loose-Fish?
With this self-conscious use of a gimmick, the Riddler's crimes are flamboyant and ostentatious.

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