adjective Etymology: Latin sumptuarius, from sumptus expense, from sumere to take, spend — more at consume Date: 1600 1. relating to personal expenditures and especially to prevent extravagance and luxury <
conservative sumptuary tastes — John Cheever
2. designed to regulate extravagant expenditures or habits especially on moral or religious grounds <
sumptuary laws
sumptuary tax

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • Sumptuary — Sump tu*a*ry, a. [L. sumptuarius, fr. sumptus expense, cost, fr. sumere, sumptum, to take, use, spend; sub under + emere to take, buy: cf. F. somptuaire. See {Redeem}.] Relating to expense; regulating expense or expenditure. Bacon. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • sumptuary — index financial, pecuniary Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • sumptuary — pertaining to expense, 1600, from L. sumptuarius relating to expenses, from sumptus expensive (see SUMPTUOUS (Cf. sumptuous)) …   Etymology dictionary

  • sumptuary — [sump′cho͞o er΄ē] adj. [L sumptuarius < sumptus, expense < pp. of sumere, to take: see CONSUME] of or regulating expenses or expenditures; specif., seeking to regulate extravagance on religious or moral grounds …   English World dictionary

  • sumptuary — adjective a) Relating to expense; regulating expense or expenditure. b) Relating to a law; sumptuary laws or regulations, are those intended to restrain or limit the expenditure of citizens in apparel, food, furniture, etc.; laws which regulate… …   Wiktionary

  • sumptuary — /sump chooh er ee/, adj. 1. pertaining to, dealing with, or regulating expense or expenditure. 2. intended to regulate personal habits on moral or religious grounds. [1590 1600; < L sumptuarius, equiv. to sumptu(s) spending, expense (sum(ere) to… …   Universalium

  • sumptuary — sump·tu·ar·y || sÊŒmptʃʊerɪ / ÊŠÉ™r adj. designed to regulate financial expenditures; limiting personal behavior on moral grounds …   English contemporary dictionary

  • sumptuary — [ sʌm(p)tjʊəri] adjective chiefly historical relating to or denoting laws that limit private expenditure on food and personal items. Origin C17: from L. sumptuarius, from sumptus cost …   English new terms dictionary

  • sumptuary — sump·tu·ary …   English syllables

  • sumptuary — sump•tu•ary [[t]ˈsʌmp tʃuˌɛr i[/t]] adj. 1) pertaining to or regulating expense or personal expenditure, esp. with the intent of restraining extravagance 2) cvb intended to regulate personal habits on moral or religious grounds • Etymology:… …   From formal English to slang

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