Usage examples for ostentation

  1. He is a strange man, but our friend, and shall keep close to him and watch him without ostentation – An Outcast of the Islands by Joseph Conrad
  2. It has become now an occasion of ostentation – Manners and Social Usages by Mrs. John M. E. W. Sherwood
  3. Carlton defended this as an honorable instance of Swift's abhorrence of ostentation in religion. – Coelebs In Search of a Wife by Hannah More
  4. There was more of ostentation in the Kemble home. – Star-Dust A Story of an American Girl by Fannie Hurst
  5. I was tired of the ostentation I had been forced to practice in Naples in order to attain my ends- and it was a relief to me to be for a time as though I were a poor man. – Vendetta A Story of One Forgotten by Marie Corelli
  6. In suing newspapers for libel it is the custom of suitors to name large sums as the measure of the damages claimed, but this is a thing inspired mainly by vanity and a spirit of ostentation – Recollections of a Varied Life by George Cary Eggleston
  7. Just wait'- the ostentation of this! – Echoes of the War by J. M. Barrie
  8. Each family could buy a share according to its means, and the division on Christmas Day would create a universal satisfaction in profit sharing- that is, the rich would get as much as the poor, and the rivalry of ostentation would be quieted. – The Complete Essays of C. D. Warner by Charles Dudley Warner
  9. Milton people were, for the most part, plain folk, and frowned upon any ostentation – The Corner House Girls at School by Grace Brooks Hill
  10. In a short time the necessary number of purchasers was found, each having paid a quarter of a dollar, and then, with great ostentation the fakir returned to every one the money he had given. – The Adventures of a Country Boy at a Country Fair by James Otis
  11. Well, Le Breton always uses the word for anything that he thinks socially wrong- and he thinks a good many things socially wrong, I can tell you- anything that partakes of the nature of a class distinction, or a mere vulgar ostentation of wealth, or a useless waste of good, serviceable, labour- gotten material. – Philistia by Grant Allen
  12. My only objection to the practice came from the appearance of literary ostentation to which I felt myself to be subject when going to work before four or five fellow- passengers. – Autobiography of Anthony Trollope by Anthony Trollope
  13. Here is religion without ostentation – Nooks and Corners of the New England Coast by Samuel Adams Drake
  14. Stella thought of Romayne's tastes, all in favor of modest retirement, and of her mother's tastes, all in favor of ostentation and display. – The Black Robe by Wilkie Collins
  15. Mrs. Poppit, alone in her disgusting ostentation had seemed to think two days ago that it was cold enough for furs, and she presented a truly ridiculous aspect in an enormous sable coat, under the weight of which she could hardly stagger, and stood rooted to the spot when she stepped out of the Royce. – Miss Mapp by Edward Frederic Benson
  16. Of this kind of ostentation I very soon had a slight proof. – A Ramble of Six Thousand Miles through the United States of America by S. A. Ferrall
  17. Yet Dante looked at her curiously, though without ostentation as one whose way it is instinctively to observe all men and all women with an exceeding keenness and clearness of vision. – The God of Love by Justin Huntly McCarthy
  18. From a proper pride in themselves, from a proper fear lest they should be secretly accused of ostentation by other parents, Samuel and Constance did not go near that map. – The Old Wives' Tale by Arnold Bennett