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sumptuary law

noun
1.
a law regulating personal habits that offend the moral or religious beliefs of the community.
2.
a law regulating personal expenditures designed to restrain extravagance, especially in food and dress.
Origin
1590-1600
1590-1600
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sumptuary law

noun
1.
(formerly) a law imposing restraint on luxury, esp by limiting personal expenditure or by regulating personal conduct in religious and moral spheres
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sumptuary law

any law designed to restrict excessive personal expenditures in the interest of preventing extravagance and luxury. The term denotes regulations restricting extravagance in food, drink, dress, and household equipment, usually on religious or moral grounds. Such laws have proved difficult or impossible to enforce over the long term

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