a showy gesture
"she entered with a great flourish"
an ornamental embellishment in writing
a display of ornamental speech or language
the act of waving
flourish, fanfare, tucket(verb)
(music) a short lively tune played on brass instruments
"he entered to a flourish of trumpets"; "her arrival was greeted with a rousing fanfare"
boom, thrive, flourish, expand(verb)
"The deer population in this town is thriving"; "business is booming"
elaborate, wave, fly high, expound, exposit, flourish, spread out, blast, amplify, lucubrate, blow up, thrive, din, extend, inflate, expatiate, nail, brandish, flesh out, dilate, thunder, boom, enlarge, prosper, expand, boom out, smash
thrive, prosper, fly high, flourish(verb)
make steady progress; be at the high point in one's career or reach a high point in historical significance or importance
"The new student is thriving"
brandish, flourish, wave(verb)
move or swing back and forth
"She waved her gun"
English Synonyms and Antonyms
Ostentation is an ambitious showing forth of whatever is thought adapted to win admiration or praise; ostentation may be without words; as, the ostentation of wealth in fine residences, rich clothing, costly equipage, or the like; when in words, ostentation is rather in manner than in direct statement; as, the ostentation of learning. Boasting is in direct statement, and is louder and more vulgar than ostentation. There may be great display or show with little substance; ostentation suggests something substantial to be shown. Pageant, pageantry, parade, and pomp refer principally to affairs of arms or state; as, a royal pageant; a military parade. Pomp is some material demonstration of wealth and power, as in grand and stately ceremonial, rich furnishings, processions, etc., considered as worthy of the person or occasion in whose behalf it is manifested; pomp is the noble side of that which as ostentation is considered as arrogant and vain. Pageant and pageantry are inferior to pomp, denoting spectacular display designed to impress the public mind, and since the multitude is largely ignorant and thoughtless, the words pageant and pageantry have a suggestion of the transient and unsubstantial. Parade (Latin paro, prepare) is an exhibition as of troops in camp going through the evolutions that are to be used in battle, and suggests a lack of earnestness and direct or immediate occasion or demand; hence, in the more general sense, a parade is an uncalled for exhibition, and so used is a more disparaging word than ostentation; ostentation may spring merely from undue self-gratulation, parade implies a desire to impress others with a sense of one's abilities or resources, and is always offensive and somewhat contemptible; as, a parade of wealth or learning. Pomposity and pompousness are the affectation of pomp.
Dictionary of English Synonymes
Translations for flourish
From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary
- размахване, размахвам, фанфари, вирея, завъртулка, процъфтявамBulgarian
- aufblühen, Verzierung, blühen, Schnörkel, Fanfare, gedeihenGerman
- flori, disflori, fanfaroEsperanto
- floreo, floritura, ademanes, prosperarSpanish
- fioriture, fleurir, gesticulation, morceau de bravoure, brandirFrench
- sveifla, blómstra, dafnaIcelandic
- girigogolo, fiorire, svolazzo, crescere, prosperare, sventolio, svilupparsi, gesticolioItalian
- 栄える, 繁茂する, 繁栄Japanese
- gezwaai, wuiven, bloeien, zwaaien, versiering, floreren, ornament, opbloeien, zwaaiDutch
- floreio, florescerPortuguese
- росчерк, туш, завитушка, процветать, загогулина, фанфараRussian
- frodas, blomstraSwedish
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