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ostentation

noun [U] uk   /ˌɒs.tenˈteɪ.ʃən/ us    /ˌɑː.stən-/ disapproving
the quality of being ostentatious: Her luxurious lifestyle and personal ostentation were both hated and envied.Attention-seeking, distracting and showing off
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