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luxury

[luhk-shuh-ree, luhg-zhuh-] /ˈlʌk ʃə ri, ˈlʌg ʒə-/
noun, plural luxuries.
1.
a material object, service, etc., conducive to sumptuous living, usually a delicacy, elegance, or refinement of living rather than a necessity:
Gold cufflinks were a luxury not allowed for in his budget.
2.
free or habitual indulgence in or enjoyment of comforts and pleasures in addition to those necessary for a reasonable standard of well-being:
a life of luxury on the French Riviera.
3.
a means of ministering to such indulgence or enjoyment:
This travel plan gives you the luxury of choosing which countries you can visit.
4.
a pleasure out of the ordinary allowed to oneself:
the luxury of an extra piece of the cake.
5.
a foolish or worthless form of self-indulgence:
the luxury of self-pity.
6.
Archaic. lust; lasciviousness; lechery.
adjective
7.
of, relating to, or affording luxury:
a luxury hotel.
Origin
1300-1350
1300-50; Middle English luxurie < Latin luxuria rankness, luxuriance, equivalent to luxur- (combining form of luxus extravagance) + -ia -y3
Related forms
semiluxury, noun, plural semiluxuries.
superluxury, noun, adjective
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  • But an ever-increasing proportion goes towards luxuries that do little to enhance our wellbeing.
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  • The table of this house groaned under the blood-bought luxuries gathered with pains-taking care at home and abroad.
  • Sleep and a fixed routine are among the few luxuries denied him.
  • Other special luxuries or services carry an extra fee.
British Dictionary definitions for luxuries

luxury

/ˈlʌkʃərɪ/
noun (pl) -ries
1.
indulgence in and enjoyment of rich, comfortable, and sumptuous living
2.
(sometimes pl) something that is considered an indulgence rather than a necessity
3.
something pleasant and satisfying: the luxury of independence
4.
(modifier) relating to, indicating, or supplying luxury: a luxury liner
Word Origin
C14 (in the sense: lechery): via Old French from Latin luxuria excess, from luxus extravagance
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Word Origin and History for luxuries

luxury

n.

c.1300, "sexual intercourse;" mid-14c., "lasciviousness, sinful self-indulgence," from Old French luxurie "debauchery, dissoluteness, lust" (Modern French luxure), from Latin luxuria "excess, luxury, extravagance, profusion; delicacy" (cf. Spanish lujuria, Italian lussuria), from luxus "excess, extravagance, magnificence," probably a figurative use of luxus (adj.) "dislocated," which is related to luctari "wrestle, strain" (see reluctance).

Meaning "sensual pleasure" is late 14c. Lost its pejorative taint 17c. Meaning "habit of indulgence in what is choice or costly" is from 1630s; that of "sumptuous surroundings" is from 1704; that of "something enjoyable or comfortable beyond life's necessities" is from 1780. Used as an adjective from 1916.

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