Word of the Day – Sumptuary

By February 20, 2018Word 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.”

Word of the Day – Senectitude

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Senectitude (noun)

sen-ek-ti-tood

The last stage of life; old age.

Senectitude comes from the Medieval Latin noun senectitūdō meaning “old age,” which in turn comes from Classical Latin senectūs, a derivative of the noun senex meaning “old man.” Senectitude entered English in the late 1700s, more precisely, in 1796 in Jonathan Swift’s Gulliver’s Travels

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