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From: DICT.TW English-Chinese Dictionary 英漢字典

 os·ten·ta·tion /ˌɑstənˈteʃən/

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Os·ten·ta·tion n.
 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.”
    He knew that good and bountiful minds were sometimes inclined to ostentation.   --Atterbury.
 2. A show or spectacle. [Obs.]
 Syn: -- Parade; pageantry; show; pomp; pompousness; vaunting; boasting. See Parade.

From: WordNet (r) 2.0

      n 1: a showy outward display [syn: fanfare]
      2: lack of elegance as a consequence of being pompous and
         puffed up with vanity [syn: ostentatiousness, pomposity,
          pompousness, pretentiousness, splashiness, inflation]
      3: pretentious or showy or vulgar display