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used in The Fountainhead

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intended to attract notice and impress others — especially with wealth in a vulgar way
  • I want a real wedding, Gail. I want it at the most ostentatious hotel in town.
    3.7 — Part 3 Chapter 7 (15% in)
ostentatious = intended to impress
  • Her trim silk dress was fitted too tightly, revealing the solid rigidity of her corset; a small pin glittered at her throat, small enough to display ostentatiously that it was made of real diamonds.
    2.4 — Part 2 Chapter 4 (18% in)
  • She wants her house to be better than Mrs. Purdee's—Holcombe did Purdee's—so if you tell her that Mrs. Purdee's house looks ostentatious and that true simplicity costs much more money, you'll get along fine.
    2.8 — Part 2 Chapter 8 (90% in)
  • He saw his son's eyes looking at him blankly from behind the small glasses; the eyes were not ostentatiously sweet, not reproachful, not malicious; just blank.
    2.9 — Part 2 Chapter 9 (13% in)
  • Just as in the passing age of international bankers every building had to have an ostentatious cornice, so now the coming age ordains that every building have a flat roof.
    3.6 — Part 3 Chapter 6 (79% in)
  • All the rest is capitalistic ostentation.
    4.6 — Part 4 Chapter 6 (60% in)
  • What they want is ostentation: to show, to stun, to entertain, to impress others.
    4.11 — Part 4 Chapter 11 (64% in)
  • He's just an egomaniac devoid of all moral sense"— —said the society woman dressing for a charity bazaar, who dared not contemplate what means of self-expression would be left to her and how she could impose her ostentation on her friends, if charity were not the all-excusing virtue— —said the social worker who had found no aim in life and could generate no aim from within the sterility of his soul, but basked in virtue and held an unearned respect from all, by grace of his fingers on...
    4.13 — Part 4 Chapter 13 (36% in)

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