from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Expensiveness; costliness; sumptuousness.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Expensiveness; costliness; sumptuousness.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Expensiveness; costliness.

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

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


Latin sumptuositas: compare French somptuosité. (Wiktionary)


  • No one on earth is now quite so richly dressed as she was, no one old or young indulges in so quiet and yet so profound a sumptuosity.

    In the Days of the Comet

  • Mortimer; the elegant marriage cake, which, already cut up and portioned, is, alas! not destined to be eaten by the friends of Mr. De la Pl-che; the superb carriages, and magnificent liveries, which had been provided in a style of the most lavish yet tasteful sumptuosity.

    The diary of C. Jeames De La Pluche, Esq., with his letters

  • He was rather a favourite with the regiment, treating the young officers with sumptuosity, and amusing them by his military airs.

    Vanity Fair

  • It is the first anniversary of the happy marriage of Mr and Mrs Lammle, and the celebration is a breakfast, because a dinner on the desired scale of sumptuosity cannot be achieved within less limits than those of the non-existent palatial residence of which so many people are madly envious.

    Our Mutual Friend

  • His entertainments were, for the most part, plain and citizenlike, the company general and popular; good taste and kindness made them pleasanter than sumptuosity would have done.

    The Lives of the Noble Grecians and Romans

  • Inimitable Livers, and constituted another in its place, not inferior in splendor, luxury, and sumptuosity, calling it that of the Diers together.

    The Lives of the Noble Grecians and Romans

  • Lamia, however, exacted contributions herself to pay for an entertainment she gave to the king, and her banquet was so renowned for its sumptuosity, that a description of it was drawn up by the Samian writer, Lynceus.

    The Lives of the Noble Grecians and Romans

  • Lucius Lucullus, for two million five hundred thousand; so rapid and so great was the growth of Roman sumptuosity.

    The Lives of the Noble Grecians and Romans

  • Other kinds of sumptuosity give us pleasure, but make us effeminate; the tickling of the sense slackening the vigor of the mind; but magnificence of this kind strengthens and heightens the courage; as Homer makes Achilles at the sight of his new arms exulting with joy, and on fire to use them.

    The Lives of the Noble Grecians and Romans

  • He loved passionately all kinds of sumptuosity at his Court; and he who should have held only to what had been said, as to the folly of expense, would have grown little in favour.

    Court Memoirs of France Series — Complete


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