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- n. The state or quality of being sumptuous.
- n. The result or product of being sumptuous.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The state of being sumptuous; costliness; expensiveness; splendor; magnificence.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. wealth as evidenced by sumptuous living
- n. the quality possessed by something that is excessively expensive
Even then, the term sumptuousness may seem ill-chosen, since the nomadic nature of African life persists in spite of palaces and chamberlains and all the elaborate ritual of the Makhzen, and the most pompous rites are likely to end in a dusty gallop of wild tribesmen, and the most princely processions to tail off in a string of half-naked urchins riding bareback on donkeys.
That sense of celluloid sumptuousness is tangibly present in 2005's standalone Hubert Horatio Bartle Bobton-Trent, which tells the story of "child genius" Hubert and his "frightfully, frightfully rich" parents, flighty socialites who own mansions in London and Milan and a "swankily swell house in New York".
Many of the Niçois villas are veritable palaces, and what adds to their sumptuousness is the indoor greenery, dwarf palms, india-rubber trees, and other handsome evergreens decorating corridor and landing-places.
The door opens onto a stunning, high ceilinged, light-filled apartment, its 17-foot-tall Austrian windows framed by the aforementioned black cast-iron arches, its finishes bespeaking a level of sumptuousness uncommon in the more cookie-cutter condos of the moderately rich.
The camp itself was essentially a series of huge tents decorated with an eye toward sumptuousness—overstuffed couches, a dinner table made from beached wood, a makeshift bar area—all atop raised, rich hardwood flooring.
And all of it would be experienced from the sumptuousness and civility of my fully equipped, state-of-the-art recreational vehicle.
As with its companion volumes, "An Egg is Quiet" and "A Seed is Sleepy," graphic design is very much part of the pleasure of this beautiful book, which invites 5- to 10-year-olds to enjoy the variety, complexity and sumptuousness of natural things.
Yes, the wilderness is vanishing, and cultures are fading, but what saves them are not dry statistics and doomsday scenarios, but rather the emotional sumptuousness and connection that comes from visitation.
With the possible exception of Motherless Brooklyn (which I loved and re-read to savor the sheer sumptuousness of its prose) Chronic City is his best yet.
If the sun is at its zenith in the sky, so, too, is nature here on Earth at the summit of its sumptuousness, the height of fertile power of the sun and the fecundity of the plants and animals that feed us.