Sumptuary meaning

sŭmp'cho͝o-ĕr'ē
Legally regulating expenditures considered extravagant.
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Legally prohibiting or discouraging, as by the imposition of taxes, certain behaviors.

Sumptuary laws forbidding gambling.

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Of or regulating expenses or expenditures; specif., seeking to regulate extravagance on religious or moral grounds.
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Relating to expense; regulating expense or expenditure.
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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.
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Origin of sumptuary

  • 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
  • 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