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ostentus , ūs, m. ostendo.
I. In gen., a showing, exhibiting, display (not in Cic. or Cæs.): “corpora extra vallum abjecta ostentui,as a public spectacle, Tac. A. 1, 29: “atrocitatis,Gell. 20, 1, 48.—
II. In partic.
A. Show, parade, external appearance: nova jura Cappadociae dedit bstentui magis, quam mansura, Tac. H. 1, 78.—
B. A sign, proof: “ut Jugurthae scelerum ostentui essem,Sall. J. 24, 9; also a pretence, a sign given to deceive, id. ib. 46, 6: “ut ostentui esset, multum vitalis spiritūs egestum,as a proof that, Tac. A. 15, 64; cf.: “ostentui clementiae suae,id. ib. 12, 14 fin.: “ostentui habere,Vulg. Heb. 6, 11.
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