Luxury Lux"u*ry, n.; pl. {Luxuries}. [L. luxuria, fr. luxus: cf. F. luxure.] 1. A free indulgence in costly food, dress, furniture, or anything expensive which gratifies the appetites or tastes. [1913 Webster]

Riches expose a man to pride and luxury. --Spectator. [1913 Webster]

2. Anything which pleases the senses, is not necessary for life, and is also costly, or difficult to obtain; an expensive rarity; as, silks, jewels, and rare fruits are luxuries; in some countries ice is a great luxury. Contrasted to {necessity}. [1913 Webster]

He cut the side of a rock for a garden, and, by laying on it earth, furnished out a kind of luxury for a hermit. --Addison. [1913 Webster]

3. Lechery; lust. [Obs.] --Shak. [1913 Webster]

Luxury is in wine and drunkenness. --Chaucer. [1913 Webster]

4. Luxuriance; exuberance. [Obs.] --Bacon.

Syn: Voluptuousness; epicurism; effeminacy; sensuality; lasciviousness; dainty; delicacy; gratification. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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