Os`ten*ta"tion (?), n. [L.
ostentatio: cf. F. ostentation.] 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.