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sumptuous

[suhmp-choo-uh s] /ˈsʌmp tʃu əs/
adjective
1.
entailing great expense, as from choice materials, fine work, etc.; costly:
a sumptuous residence.
2.
luxuriously fine or large; lavish; splendid:
a sumptuous feast.
Origin
1475-1485
1475-85; < Latin sūmptuōsus, equivalent to sūmptu(s) expense (see sumptuary) + -ōsus -ous
Related forms
sumptuously, adverb
sumptuousness, noun
unsumptuous, adjective
unsumptuously, adverb
unsumptuousness, noun
Can be confused
sumptuary, sumptuous.
Synonyms
2. magnificent, luxurious, munificent.
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  • Two sumptuous new coffee table books offer decidedly different insights into the enigmatic colossus.
  • The elegant rooms are beautifully decorated with old-style furniture and sumptuous fabrics.
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  • It is kept in a sumptuous subterraneous chapel in this church.
  • And yet with all this he combined great pretensions to elegance, to sumptuous dress, and noble bearing.
  • He inveighed exceedingly against sumptuous banquets.
British Dictionary definitions for sumptuous

sumptuous

/ˈsʌmptjʊəs/
adjective
1.
expensive or extravagant: sumptuous costumes
2.
magnificent; splendid: a sumptuous scene
Derived Forms
sumptuously, adverb
sumptuousness, sumptuosity (ˌsʌmptjʊˈɒsɪtɪ) noun
Word Origin
C16: from Old French somptueux, from Latin sumptuōsus costly, from sumptus; see sumptuary
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Word Origin and History for sumptuous
adj.

late 15c., from Old French sumptueux, from Latin sumptuosus "costly, expensive," from sumptus "cost, expense," past participle of sumere "spend, consume, take," contraction of *sub-emere, from sub- "under" + emere "to take, buy" (see exempt (adj.)).

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