Definitions

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The state or characteristic of being lavish.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The quality or state of being lavish.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The state or quality of being lavish; profusion; prodigality.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. excessive spending
  • n. the quality possessed by something that is excessively expensive

Etymologies

lavish +‎ -ness (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • I know the super rich and some have worked really hard -- I can think of one billionaire who came from nothing and if his lavishness has been a bit gross, I know his bank account got a good kick recently.

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  • Mr. Glegg; his eyes would have watered with true feeling over the sale of a widow's furniture, which a five-pound note from his side pocket would have prevented; but a donation of five pounds to a person "in a small way of life" would have seemed to him a mad kind of lavishness rather than "charity," which had always presented itself to him as a contribution of small aids, not a neutralizing of misfortune.

    The Mill on the Floss

  • But account director James Wright said that, while pre-GFC "lavishness" was nowhere to be seen in 2010 - and unlikely to make a rapid return - companies were back on the bandwagon for new strategies to retain workers who might be looking at a career change.

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  • There was no humbug or hypocrisy about Mr. Glegg; his eyes would have watered with true feeling over the sale of a widow’s furniture, which a five-pound note from his side pocket would have prevented; but a donation of five pounds to a person “in a small way of life” would have seemed to him a mad kind of lavishness rather than “charity, ” which had always presented itself to him as a contribution of small aids, not a neutralizing of misfortune.

    XII. Mr. and Mrs. Glegg at Home. Book I—Boy and Girl

  • Few of the 10,000 foreign couples expected to marry in Italy this year are likely to rival the Agarwal nuptials for lavishness.

    In Search of Happily Ever After

  • The king commanded a tomb be built for Hephaestion that rivaled any previous memorial in cost and lavishness.

    Alexander the Great

  • And you know the lavishness of the big ranches, then and now.

    ON THE MAKALOA MAT

  • Many speak critically of the lavishness of the modern day meals post the breaking of fast iftar, or footor, as it's know in the Gulf.

    Global Voices in English » Qatar reflects on spirit, practice of Ramadan

  • True about UTC revenue, point is that a typical govt contractors modus operandi seems to be to maximize revenue from the customer (the govt) while appearing to cut costs (apparently to support execs lavishness & maybe shareholders).

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  • It was a time when celebrities could flaunt their ostentatious lifestyles to Robin Leach without a trace of faux guilt, a moment when we luxuriated in the lavishness of the Carringtons and the Trumps.

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