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Although wealthy, the family is not ostentatious.
  intended to attract notice and impress others — especially with wealth in a vulgar way
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Strongly Associated with:   ostensibly
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  • Although wealthy, the family is not ostentatious.
  • She arrived in an ostentatious stretch limo.
  • A great many people were offended by her ostentatious displays of wealth, and by the shameless way she chased the limelight.
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into Thin Air
  • It’s why you wanted an ostentatious limousine from our embassy.
    Robert Ludlum  --  The Bourne Ultimatum

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  • Her understated dress was in marked contrast to her ostentatious house:
    Henry H. Neff  --  The Maelstrom
  • She thought they were ostentatious and gas-guzzling, so she drove an oh-so- practical Volvo wagon instead.
    Sara Shepard  --  Pretty Little Liars
  • Brett had noticed Holly’s ostentatious display of credit cards.
    Stephen King  --  Cujo
  • ...several commanders in different uniforms came in. They ostentatiously took down names. ... The next night there were even fewer boys.
    Orson Scott Card  --  Ender’s Game
  • Those days are gone. Vatican cars were now less ostentatious and almost always unmarked.
    Dan Brown  --  The Da Vinci Code
  • Red tie with a gold tiepin and ostentatious cufflinks with the initials NEB.
    Stieg Larsson  --  The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

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  • For the next fifteen minutes, I follow Mother and Missus Whitworth from one ostentatious room to the next.
    Kathryn Stockett  --  The Help
  • I want a real wedding, Gail. I want it at the most ostentatious hotel in town.
    Ayn Rand  --  The Fountainhead
  • He smiled ostentatiously to show himself reasonable and nice.
    Joseph Heller  --  Catch-22
  • they would ostentatiously sharpen their knives
    Herman Melville  --  Moby Dick
  • yielded up the pewter medal which he had worn with ostentation for months.
    Mark Twain  --  The Adventures of Tom Sawyer
  • But consider the waste in time and energy incidental to making ten thousand varieties of a thing for purposes of ostentation and snobbishness, where one variety would do for use!
    Upton Sinclair  --  The Jungle
  • said Sikes, looking sternly at him, and ostentatiously passing a pistol into a more convenient pocket.
    Charles Dickens  --  Oliver Twist
  • ...that vast dining-room, ornate and ostentatious,
    Daphne du Maurier  --  Rebecca
  • A shopkeeper with red pimples on his cheeks near the nose, and a calm, persistent, calculating expression on his plump face, hurriedly and ostentatiously approached the officer, swinging his arms.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  War and Peace
  • You have insisted on my entertaining you to an exceedingly expensive, not to say ostentatious, lunch...
    C.S. Lewis  --  The Magician’s Nephew
  • One of my few entertainments was hearing him eat his treats, because he always did so ostentatiously,
    Stephenie Meyer  --  The Host
  • They came to the store and ostentatiously looked over whatever she was doing and went back to report to him at the house.
    Zora Neale Hurston  --  Their Eyes Were Watching God
  • But tonight she wore an ostentatious display:
    Ayn Rand  --  Atlas Shrugged
  • Wendy didn’t much care for Ullman or his officious, ostentatiously bustling manner.
    Stephen King  --  The Shining
  • Anne dropped the apple as if it were a red-hot coal and ostentatiously wiped her fingers on her handkerchief.
    Lucy Maud Montgomery  --  Anne Of Green Gables
  • She had a small property, which she bequeathed with much ostentation to a religious community.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • (Sniffing ostentatiously):
      O heavens!. . .what a stink!. . .
    (Going up to Cyrano):
      You, sir, without a doubt have sniffed it up!
    Edmond Rostand  --  Cyrano de Bergerac
  • No noble rite nor formal ostentation
    William Shakespeare  --  Hamlet, Prince of Denmark
  • 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
    Harriet Beecher Stowe  --  Uncle Tom’s Cabin
  • My father would sit in the old iron lawn chair with his leg stretched out in front of him and propped up slightly on an ostentatious boot scraper that Grandma Lynn had found in a curio shop in Maryland.
    Alice Sebold  --  The Lovely Bones
  • They were then, with no other delay than his pointing out the neatness of the entrance, taken into the house; and as soon as they were in the parlour, he welcomed them a second time, with ostentatious formality to his humble abode,
    Jane Austen  --  Pride and Prejudice
  • A part-grown puppy, somewhat larger and older than he, came toward him slowly, with ostentatious and belligerent importance.
    Jack London  --  White Fang
  • some talked loudly, and profaned the Sabbath day with ostentatious laughter.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The Minister’s Black Veil
  • ...rattling his box of Galleons ostentatiously so that Hermione scowled.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
  • ...she added, ostentatiously smothering an imaginary yawn,
    Baroness Orczy  --  The Scarlet Pimpernel
  • Women who had ostentatiously crossed the street when they saw Belle coming, wondered if she remembered and trembled for fear she did.
    Margaret Mitchell  --  Gone with the Wind
  • ...and though he should never cease to be a faithful mourner, there was no occasion to wear his weeds ostentatiously.
    Louisa May Alcott  --  Little Women
  • Algernon is an extremely, I may almost say an ostentatiously, eligible young man.
    Oscar Wilde  --  The Importance of Being Earnest
  • the hands of the royal pair were locked together, and the wedding-ring ostentatiously displayed.
    Mark Twain  --  The Prince and The Pauper
  • The baron, followed by the count, traversed a long series of apartments, in which the prevailing characteristics were heavy magnificence and the gaudiness of ostentatious wealth, until he reached the boudoir of Madame Danglars—a small octagonal-shaped room, hung with pink satin, covered with white Indian muslin.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Count of Monte Cristo
  • in evening dress cut ostentatiously low for the occasion
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses
  • [The knife which] was about a foot long; and which he wiped, not wholly without ostentation, on the sleeve of his coat.
    Charles Dickens  --  David Copperfield
  • the men all have the same first name but are commonly known by their middle names, presumably to avoid the ostentation of I, II and III or Junior and Senior.
    William P. Young  --  The Shack
  • Malfoy yawned ostentatiously.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
  • The fourth was ... dispatched with a spinning kick. But the most ostentatious was saved for the last pair. The manservant rolled on to his back, caught them by the collars of their donkey jackets and flipped them into Dublin harbour. Big splashes, plenty of wailing.
    Eoin Colfer  --  Artemis Fowl
  • Such was the life I led in my parents’ house and if I have depicted it thus minutely, it is not out of ostentation, or to let you know that I am rich, but that you may see how, without any fault of mine, I have fallen from the happy condition I have described, to the misery I am in at present.
    Miguel de Cervantes  --  Don Quixote
  • had been ostentatiously drinking his tea
    E.M. Forster  --  A Room With A View
  • They live only for mutual envy, for luxury and ostentation.
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky  --  The Brothers Karamazov
  • (he looks at them ostentatiously in turn to make it clear they are both meant) .
    Samuel Beckett  --  Waiting for Godot
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Associated words [difficulty]:   ostentatious [2] , ostensibly [3]
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