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Characterized by pretentious or showy display; designed to impress.‘a simple design that is glamorous without being ostentatious’
showy, pretentious, conspicuous, obtrusive, flamboyant, gaudy, garish, tinsel, tinselly, brash, vulgar, loud, extravagant, fancy, ornate, affected, theatrical, actorly, overdone, over-elaborate, kitsch, tastelessView synonyms
- ‘Bernard rides around the town in an ostentatious sports car and behaves like a cowardly bully.’
- ‘Buying an island seems the pinnacle of ostentatious extravagance.’
- ‘She doesn't own a fleet of ostentatious cars or a portfolio of grand homes.’
- ‘The book was needlessly massive and it came in a choice of eight ostentatious satin covers.’
- ‘While we do not insist on you taking to the streets on a bicycle, we do encourage a less ostentatious lifestyle.’
- ‘She wears an ostentatious diamond ring and a pearl the size of a marble.’
- ‘They contribute generously to village and family enterprises and avoid ostentatious displays of affluence.’
- ‘There's no easy remedy, especially when ostentatious teen role models portray money as no object.’
- ‘Hey you - people in love, do you have to be so ostentatious about it?’
- ‘Instead, they show us a suite that would, perhaps, have been a little too ostentatious for a spiritual leader.’
- ‘The family are keen attenders at St Agnes Catholic Church, and Papa's piety is effortful and ostentatious.’
- ‘His way of life may seem a bit ostentatious, but his energy and enthusiasm is infectious, and there is nothing snobbish or affected about him.’
- ‘It's gaudy, it's ostentatious, and it's exactly what one would expect from a rock star that thinks he's God.’
- ‘But there are few cases of ostentatious opulence amid the poverty.’
- ‘For those who spend down their wealth on a lavish and ostentatious lifestyle, there is no tax.’
- ‘London at the time was a curious mixture of ostentatious wealth hiding harrowing poverty.’
- ‘Hat designer Tracy Rose, 42, renowned for her ostentatious hats on Ladies' Day, was also attired in a weather theme.’
- ‘Civilised behaviour is the key to appearing middle class, so don't binge drink, never swear and don't do anything ostentatious.’
- ‘He was always smartly dressed but not in an ostentatious way.’
- ‘He was a generous but not ostentatious philanthropist; his private and family life was wholly conventional.’
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