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sumptuary

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adjective sump·tu·ary \ˈsəm(p)-chə-ˌwer-ē\

Definition of sumptuary

  1. 1 :  relating to personal expenditures and especially to prevent extravagance and luxury <conservative sumptuary tastes — John Cheever>

  2. 2 :  designed to regulate extravagant expenditures or habits especially on moral or religious grounds <sumptuary laws> <sumptuary tax>



Origin and Etymology of sumptuary

Latin sumptuarius, from sumptus expense, from sumere to take, spend — more at consume


First Known Use: 1600


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