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ostento , āvi, ātum (
I.inf. pass. ostentarier, Plaut. Most. 1, 3, 129), 1, v. freq. a. ostendo, to present to view, to show, exhibit (class.).
I. In gen.: “alicui jugula sua pro capite alicujus,to present, offer, Cic. Att. 1, 16, 4: “aliquem,Verg. A. 12, 479: “campos nitentes,id. ib. 6, 678: “Sidonias opes,id. ib. 4, 75: “passum capillum,Caes. B. G. 7, 48: “liberos,Suet. Aug. 34: quo res sapsa loco sese ostentat, Enn. ap. Fest. p. 325 Müll. (Ann. v. 372 Vahl.).—
II. In partic.
A. To show off with vanity or boastfulness, to display, make a display of, boast of, vaunt: “amorem tibi meum,Cic. Fam. 10, 3, 4: “quid me ostentem,why should I make a display of myself? id. ib. 1, 4, 3: “et prae se ferre,id. Att. 2, 23, 3: “memoriae ostentandae causā,Auct. Her. 2, 30, 47: clientelas, Dolabell. ap. Cic. Fam. 9, 9, 2: “triumphos suos,Sall. J. 31, 10: “eum ipsum aliis,id. ib. 49, 4: “se in aliis rebus,to exhibit themselves, Cic. Cael. 28, 67: “Ambiorigem ostentant fidei faciundae causā,Caes. B. G. 5, 41.—
B. To hold out or up as an example: “desine Tydiden vultuque et murmure nobis Ostentare,Ov. M. 13, 350.—
C. To hold out for the purpose of offering or giving; to proffer, promise: “alterā manu fert lapidem, panem ostentat alterā,Plaut. Aul. 2, 2, 18: “agrum,Cic. Agr. 2, 28, 78: “praemia,Sall. J. 66, 1; 89, 1; cf.: “praemia modo, modo formidinem,id. ib. 23, 1: “praedam,id. ib. 68, 3.—
D. To hold out in a threatening manner; to threaten, menace: “caedem, servitutem,Cic. Fam. 4, 14, 1: “periculum capitis,id. Clu. 8, 25: “minas,Liv. 2, 42.—
E. To show by speech or signs; to indicate, point out, signify, reveal, disclose: “(largitio) verbis ostentari potest, re verā fieri, nisi exhausto aerario, nullo pacto potest,Cic. Agr. 2, 4, 18: “tibi me istis esse familiarem,id. Fam. 9, 6, 2: “principem,to reveal, Plin. Pan. 4, 7.—With rel.-clause: ostentans, quanta eos... invidia maneret showing, declaring, Suet. Caes. 14.
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