Sumptuary Definition

Of or regulating expenses or expenditures; specif., seeking to regulate extravagance on religious or moral grounds.
Webster's New World
Legally prohibiting or discouraging, as by the imposition of taxes, certain behaviors.
Sumptuary laws forbidding gambling.
American Heritage

Relating to a law; sumptuary laws or regulations, are those intended to restrain or limit the expenditure of citizens in apparel, food, furniture, etc.; laws which regulate the prices of commodities and the wages of labor; laws which forbid or restrict the use of certain articles, as of luxurious apparel.


Origin of Sumptuary

  • Latin sumptuarius, from sumptus expense, cost, from sumere, sumptum, "to take", "use", "spend"; sub "under" + emere "to take", "buy": compare with French somptuaire

    From Wiktionary

  • Latin sūmptuārius from sūmptus expense from past participle of sūmere to take, buy em- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

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