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[suhmp-choo-er-ee] /ˈsʌmp tʃuˌɛr i/
pertaining to, dealing with, or regulating expense or expenditure.
intended to regulate personal habits on moral or religious grounds.
Origin of sumptuary
1590-1600; < Latin sūmptuārius, equivalent to sūmptu(s) spending, expense (sūm(ere) to take, procure (see consume) + intrusive -p- + -tus suffix of v. action) + -ārius -ary
Can be confused
sumptuary, sumptuous. Unabridged
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  • In other words, nature seeks a type, and this tendency is more potent than sumptuary laws or the restraints of society and trade.
  • sumptuary laws, compulsory military service, and a strong civic religion would overcome the divisive effects of private interests.
  • sumptuary laws are instances of legislative departure from the proper province of government.
British Dictionary definitions for sumptuary


relating to or controlling expenditure or extravagance
Word Origin
C17: from Latin sumptuārius concerning expense, from sumptus expense, from sūmere to spend
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Word Origin and History for sumptuary

"pertaining to expense," 1600, from Latin sumptuarius "relating to expenses," from sumptus "expensive" (see sumptuous).

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