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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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Examples for sumptuously
  • And he was sumptuously at home with the blues, as a style and a sensibility but never as an affectation.
  • The music room, sumptuously arched, has an ecclesiastical flavor.
  • The laborer should, if not so sumptuously, be as comfortably housed and sheltered as his employer.
  • Temporary quarters were fitted up sumptuously for them aft on the spar deck.
British Dictionary definitions for sumptuously

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 sumptuously

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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