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luxurious

[luhg-zhoo r-ee-uh s, luhk-shoo r-] /lʌgˈʒʊər i əs, lʌkˈʃʊər-/
adjective
1.
characterized by luxury; ministering or conducive to luxury:
a luxurious hotel.
2.
given to or loving luxury; wanting or requiring what is choice, expensive, or the like:
a person with luxurious tastes.
3.
given to pleasure, especially of the senses; voluptuous.
4.
present or occurring in great abundance, rich profusion, etc.; opulent:
a luxurious harvest; music of luxurious beauty.
5.
excessively ornate; overelaborate:
luxurious prose.
Origin of luxurious
1300-1350
1300-50; Middle English < Latin luxuriōsus. See luxury, -ous
Related forms
luxuriously, adverb
luxuriousness, noun
overluxurious, adjective
overluxuriously, adverb
overluxuriousness, noun
preluxurious, adjective
preluxuriously, adverb
preluxuriousness, noun
quasi-luxurious, adjective
quasi-luxuriously, adverb
superluxurious, adjective
superluxuriously, adverb
superluxuriousness, noun
unluxurious, adjective
unluxuriously, adverb
Can be confused
luxuriant, luxurious.
Synonyms
1. rich, sumptuous. 2. epicurean. 3. sensual, self-indulgent.
Antonyms
1. squalid.
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Examples from the Web for luxuriousness
Historical Examples
  • Here and there little areas of the rudest cultivation broke into a luxuriousness of orange, lime, and fig trees.

  • Cork abounds in cars of all degrees of decrepitude and luxuriousness.

    Romantic Ireland; volume 2/2 M.F and B. McM. Mansfield
  • His songs abound in warmth of expression, simplicity of sentiment, and luxuriousness of fancy.

  • The luxuriousness of these wealthy women rivalled that of Rome itself.

    Women of Early Christianity Alfred Brittain
  • However, Dawson could not help gasping impulsively at the luxuriousness of the fittings and furnishings.

    Dave Dawson on Guadalcanal Robert Sydney Bowen
  • With a sensation of luxuriousness he recalled the labels with the large "Poison!"

  • Mingled with this grateful asceticism was the quaint contrast of a peculiar Spanish luxuriousness.

    Gabriel Conroy Bert Harte
  • I never knew austerity so resemble luxuriousness—or the other way about, whichever it was.

    The Debit Account Oliver Onions
  • Such campaigning emulated the luxuriousness of a hundred-acre corn-field where every ear-muff is made of silk.

  • It would ill become us to dilate at length upon the extremes into which their arrogance and luxuriousness led them.

    The Message Alec John Dawson
British Dictionary definitions for luxuriousness

luxurious

/lʌɡˈzjʊərɪəs/
adjective
1.
characterized by luxury
2.
enjoying or devoted to luxury
3.
an archaic word for lecherous
Derived Forms
luxuriously, adverb
luxuriousness, noun
Usage note
Luxurious is sometimes wrongly used where luxuriant is meant: he had a luxuriant (not luxurious) moustache; the walls were covered with a luxuriant growth of wisteria
Word Origin
C14: via Old French from Latin luxuriōsus excessive
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Word Origin and History for luxuriousness

luxurious

adj.

c.1300, "lascivious, lecherous, unchaste," from Old French luxurios "lustful, lascivious" (Modern French luxurieux), from Latin luxuriosus, from luxuria (see luxury). Meaning "given to luxury, voluptuous" (of persons) is from c.1600. Of things, meaning "characterized by luxury" is attested from c.1650. Related: Luxuriously; luxuriousness.

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