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lavish

adjective

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1 going beyond a normal or acceptable limit in degree or amount
  • this lavish consumption of our natural resources simply cannot continue

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2 pouring forth in great amounts
  • the lavish praise that the novel was receiving had some wondering if it could ever live up to readers' expectations

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3 showing obvious signs of wealth and comfort
  • the lavish apartment even boasted a marble bathroom with gold-plated fixtures

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lavish

verb

Synonyms & Antonyms of lavish (Entry 2 of 2)

1 to give readily and in large quantities
  • doting parents lavishing lots of attention on their children

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2 to use up carelessly
  • a great actor who lavished his talent in lousy movies

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Frequently Asked Questions About lavish

How is the word lavish distinct from other similar adjectives?

Some common synonyms of lavish are exuberant, lush, luxuriant, prodigal, and profuse. While all these words mean "giving or given out in great abundance," lavish suggests an unstinted or unmeasured profusion.

a lavish party

When might exuberant be a better fit than lavish?

The words exuberant and lavish are synonyms, but do differ in nuance. Specifically, exuberant implies marked vitality or vigor in what produces abundantly.

an exuberant imagination

In what contexts can lush take the place of lavish?

In some situations, the words lush and lavish are roughly equivalent. However, lush suggests rich, soft luxuriance.

a lush green lawn

When is it sensible to use luxuriant instead of lavish?

Although the words luxuriant and lavish have much in common, luxuriant suggests a rich and splendid abundance.

a luxuriant beard

When is prodigal a more appropriate choice than lavish?

The synonyms prodigal and lavish are sometimes interchangeable, but prodigal implies reckless or wasteful lavishness threatening to lead to early exhaustion of resources.

prodigal spending

When would profuse be a good substitute for lavish?

The meanings of profuse and lavish largely overlap; however, profuse implies pouring forth without restraint.

profuse apologies

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The first known use of lavish was in the 15th century

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28 May 2020

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“Lavish.” Merriam-Webster.com Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/lavish. Accessed 11 Jul. 2020.

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