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intended to attract notice and impress others — especially with wealth in a vulgar way
  • nothing is more offensive than this ostentation of reform, where there is no real amelioration.
    Book 5 — The Dead Hand (16% in)
ostentation = actions intended to attract notice and impress others

(editor's note:  The suffix "-tion", converts a verb into a noun that denotes the action or result of the verb. Typically, there is a slight change in the ending of the root verb, as in action, education, and observation.)
  • His dull expectation of the usual disagreeable routine with an aged patient—who can hardly believe that medicine would not "set him up" if the doctor were only clever enough—added to his general disbelief in Middlemarch charms, made a doubly effective background to this vision of Rosamond, whom old Featherstone made haste ostentatiously to introduce as his niece, though he had never thought it worth while to speak of Mary Garth in that light.
    Book 1 — Miss Brooke (96% in)
  • The Vincys lived in an easy profuse way, not with any new ostentation, but according to the family habits and traditions, so that the children had no standard of economy, and the elder ones retained some of their infantine notion that their father might pay for anything if he would.
    Book 3 — Waiting for Death (1% in)
  • On the contrary, he would have despised any ostentation of expense; his profession had familiarized him with all grades of poverty, and he cared much for those who suffered hardships.
    Book 4 — Three Love Problems (24% in)
  • Lydgate's instinct was fine enough to tell him that plain speech, quite free from ostentatious caution, would be felt by Mr. Casaubon as a tribute of respect.
    Book 4 — Three Love Problems (96% in)
  • "Ostentation, Hackbutt?" said Mr. Toller, ironically.
    Book 5 — The Dead Hand (16% in)
  • A man can't very well be ostentatious of what nobody believes in.
    Book 5 — The Dead Hand (16% in)
  • Her honest ostentatious nature made the sharing of a merited dishonor as bitter as it could be to any mortal.
    Book 8 — Sunset and Sunrise (18% in)

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