• WordNet 3.6
    • n lavishness excessive spending
    • n lavishness the quality possessed by something that is excessively expensive
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Lavishness The quality or state of being lavish.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n lavishness The state or quality of being lavish; profusion; prodigality.
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  • Lawrence Durrell
    Lawrence Durrell
    “The appalling thing is the degree of charity women are capable of. You see it all the time... love lavished on absolute fools. Love's a charity ward, you know.”
  • Sir Walter Raleigh
    “Talking much is a sign of vanity, for the one who is lavish with words is cheap in deeds.”
  • Dean Briggs
    Dean Briggs
    “Do your work; not just your work and no more, but a little more for the lavishing's sake -- that little more which is worth all the rest.”
  • Thomas Fuller
    “Lavishness is not generosity.”
  • Wilfrid Heed
    Wilfrid Heed
    “God has been so lavish in his gifts that you can lose some priceless ones, the equivalent of whole kingdoms, and still be indecently rich,”
  • Thomas J. Peters
    “Train everyone lavishly, you can't overspend on training.”


In literature:

The affection never shown outwardly to the mother, was lavished on her daughter.
"The Yotsuya Kwaidan or O'Iwa Inari" by James S. De Benneville
The care lavished upon plants and ornamentation was carried to extravagance.
"Bakemono Yashiki (The Haunted House)" by James S. De Benneville
And whenever Clara Wieck appeared, there were extended notices, lavish in praise, profuse in prophecy.
"Little Journeys to the Homes of the Great - Volume 14" by Elbert Hubbard
In spite of the care that was lavished upon him, he steadily grew worse.
"Rabbi and Priest" by Milton Goldsmith
Colors were used with still greater lavishness in the decorations of the interior.
"The Religion of Babylonia and Assyria" by Morris Jastrow
He has lavished all His treasure on you; what have you brought him back?
"Expositions of Holy Scripture" by Alexander Maclaren
The object, I surmise, of the men in power is to leave nothing for anyone to lavish.
"The Letters of Cicero, Volume 1" by Marcus Tullius Cicero
At one moment he was lavishly generous; at another, incredibly mean.
"The Magnificent Montez" by Horace Wyndham
They had one, for nature had generously lavished it.
"The Secret of the Island" by W.H.G. Kingston (translation from Jules Verne)
The simple and kindly natives lavished hospitality on the strangers.
"French Pathfinders in North America" by William Henry Johnson

In poetry:

“These for themselves. Content to give,
In their own lavish love complete,
Taking for sole prerogative
Their tendance sweet.
"The Letter L" by Jean Ingelow
I am glad I lavished my worthiest
To fashion his greater worth;
Since he will live in heaven,
I shall lie content in the earth.
"Francie" by Rose Hawthorne Lathrop
Twice the moon hath waxed and wasted,
Lavish of her dew-bright horn;
And the wheeling sun hath hasted
Fifty days, towards Capricorn.
"Lita of the Nile" by Richard Doddridge Blackmore
The palmy shadows cool and long,
The eyes that smiled through lavish locks,
Home's cradle-hymn and harvest-song,
And bleat of flocks.
"The Hermit of Thebaid" by John Greenleaf Whittier
And those grand charms that surely form
For earth her rarest crown
On thee, with strangely lavish hand,
Have all been showered down.
"THe River Saguenay" by Rosanna Eleanor Leprohon
We sail, O my various
Friends, I already at the stern,
You at the lavish prow that churns
The lightning’s and the winters’ flood:
"A Toast" by Stephane Mallarme

In news:

Federal prosecutors say 38-year-old Carlo Chiaese of Springfield used the money to fund a lavish lifestyle.
King Juan Carlos apologized for taking a lavish hunting vacation amid sharp austerity cuts.
Bartlett Sher's lavish Tony Award-winning revival of South Pacific, concluded its extended two-year Broadway run Aug 22 at the Vivian Beaumont Theater.
Top 20 blog (Week Six) Lenape living lavishly .
Lavishly Posh Boutique & Parties opens in Grovetown.
Owner Michelle Suyeyoshi opened Lavishly Posh Boutique & Parties this month on Second Avenue across from Grovetown City Hall.
It's an ornate but not lavish two-story house tucked away at the end of a mud clogged street.
Considered against the recent run of lavish, special-effects- laden superhero fantasies in which the hero must save the world, Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days is a sly and refreshingly welcome metaphor for itself.
With the dust beginning to settle on yesterday's death of Meles Zenawi—ruler of Ethiopia since 1991—Western leaders have been quick to lavish praise on his legacy.
With its ever-growing, energetic leisure class, Southwest Florida is building a reputation for creative and lavish social gatherings, particularly in wealthy, pleasure-seeking Naples.
An institution since 1898, the lavish, opulent Ritz—near the Louvre museum and Tuileries gardens—has maintained its stature as one of Paris 's leading hotels despite a plethora of trendy newcomers.
God desires to lavish His mercy on the needy of the land.
New book offers a peek into the lavish life of the indulged canine.
A 55-year-old minister accused of using church funds to live a lavish life pleaded guilty to obstructing bankruptcy court proceedings , authorities said.
In Dubai's glitzy shadow, another oil-rich emirate is quietly reinventing itself at a rapid pace—building lavish museums, libraries, and universities.

In science:

Experimental Observations Extensive attention has been lavished on Fractional Quantum Hall Effects (FQHE) in multicomponent systems since the pioneering work by Halperin1 .
Mutual Composite Fermion and composite Boson approaches to balanced and imbalanced bilayer quantum Hall system: an electronic analogy of the Helium 4 system
Philologically the convergence in a source space must be hiding, as the convergence in a target space could be lavishing.
United sight to an algebraic operations and convergence
The predicate (+41) notes the reversely lavishing reform F , the predicate (+32) notes the reversely pressing reform F , the predicate (−32) notes the reversely hiding reform F , the predicate (−41) notes the opposite reflecting reform F .
United sight to an algebraic operations and convergence