Word of the Day – Sumptuary

By February 20, 2018 Word of the Day

Sumptuary (adj) (historical)

sump-too-ur-ee

Relating to or denoting laws that limit private expenditure on food and personal items.

Early 17th century: from Latin sumptuarius, from sumptus ‘cost, expenditure’, from sumere ‘take’.

Example sentences

“They brought in sumptuary laws after the ridiculous spending on food and wine.”

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