From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Ostentation \Os`ten*ta"tion\, n. [L. ostentatio: cf. F.
   1. The act of ostentating or of making an ambitious display;
      unnecessary show; pretentious parade; -- usually in a
      detractive sense. "Much ostentation vain of fleshly arm."
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            He knew that good and bountiful minds were sometimes
            inclined to ostentation.              --Atterbury.
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   2. A show or spectacle. [Obs.] --Shak.
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   Syn: Parade; pageantry; show; pomp; pompousness; vaunting;
        boasting. See Parade.
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