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Dec 9, 2016
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succulent
marmorean
afflatus
peregrination
ostentatious

ostentatious
Illustration: Leah Palmer Preiss

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ostentatious

PRONUNCIATION:
(os-tuhn-TAY-shus)

MEANING:
adjective: Pretentious or vulgar display in an attempt to impress others.

ETYMOLOGY:
From Latin ostentare (to display), frequentative of ostendere (to show), from ob- (against) + tendere (to stretch). Ultimately from the Indo-European root ten- (to stretch), which is also the source of tense, tenet, tendon, tent, tenor, tender, pretend, extend, tenure, tetanus, hypotenuse, tenable, extenuate, countenance, tenuous, distend, pertinacious, and detente. Earliest documented use: 1590.

USAGE:
“Ghe moved ... through an ostentatious arch encased in gold leaf into a spacious cabin, onto the rich carpet.”
J. Gregory Keyes; The Waterborn; Del Rey; 2015.

See more usage examples of ostentatious in Vocabulary.com’s dictionary.

A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:
Those who put out the people's eyes, reproach them for their blindness. -John Milton, poet (9 Dec 1608-1674)

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