luxury

Definitions

  • The Luxuries Of The Rich
    The Luxuries Of The Rich
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n luxury something that is an indulgence rather than a necessity
    • n luxury the quality possessed by something that is excessively expensive
    • n luxury wealth as evidenced by sumptuous living
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Luxury A free indulgence in costly food, dress, furniture, or anything expensive which gratifies the appetites or tastes. "Riches expose a man to pride and luxury ."
    • Luxury Anything which pleases the senses, is not necessary for life, and is also costly, or difficult to obtain; an expensive rarity; as, silks, jewels, and rare fruits are luxuries; in some countries ice is a great luxury. Contrasted to necessity. "He cut the side of a rock for a garden, and, by laying on it earth, furnished out a kind of luxury for a hermit."
    • Luxury Lechery; lust. "Luxury is in wine and drunkenness."
    • Luxury Luxuriance; exuberance.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n luxury Luxuriance; exuberance of growth.
    • n luxury A free or extravagant indulgence in pleasure, as of the table; voluptuousness in the gratification of any appetite; also, the free expenditure of wealth for the gratification of one's own desires, as in costly dress and equipage.
    • n luxury That which is delightful to the senses, the feelings, etc.; especially, that which gratifies a nice and fastidious appetite or taste; a dainty: as, a house filled with luxuries; the luxuries of the table.
    • n luxury Exuberant enjoyment; complete gratification or satisfaction, either physical or intellectual.
    • n luxury Lust; lewd desire; lasciviousness; indulgence in lust.
    • n luxury Synonyms and Epicurism, effeminacy, sensuality, delicacy, gratification, pleasure, enjoyment, delight. See luxurious.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Luxury luk′sū-ri free indulgence in rich diet or costly dress or equipage: anything delightful: a dainty:
    • n Luxury luk′sū-ri (Shak.) wantonness
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Quotations

  • Oscar Wilde
    Oscar%20Wilde
    “There is luxury in self-reproach. When we blame ourselves, we feel no one else has a right to blame us.”
  • Socrates
    Socrates
    “Contentment is natural wealth, luxury is artificial poverty.”
  • Fitz-Greene Halleck
    Fitz-Greene Halleck
    “I cannot spare the luxury of believing that all things beautiful are what they seem.”
  • Thomas Moore
    Thomas Moore
    “It is only to the happy that tears are a luxury.”
  • Anthony Crosland
    Anthony Crosland
    “What one generation sees as a luxury, the next sees as a necessity.”
  • Martin Tupper
    Martin Tupper
    “Pain adds rest unto pleasure, and teaches the luxury of health.”

Idioms

In the lap of luxury - People in the lap of luxury are very wealthy and have have everything that money can buy.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. luxuria, fr. luxus,: cf. F. luxure,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. luxurie—L. luxuria, luxury—luxus, excess.

Usage

In literature:

It was a luxury merely to live and breathe.
"Dora Thorne" by Charlotte M. Braeme
The cabin furniture, the camp furniture, the tents, the bedding, the plate, were luxurious and superb.
"The History of England from the Accession of James II." by Thomas Babington Macaulay
A clothes-brush is a luxury yet unknown to Llanrwst.
"Life and Letters of Lord Macaulay" by George Otto Trevelyan
Oh, yes, we have all the luxuries.
"The Island Pharisees" by John Galsworthy
There were patricians, old and young, eager for luxury, excess, and enjoyment.
"Quo Vadis" by Henryk Sienkiewicz
The luxuriance got into his note-book.
"Mark Twain, A Biography, 1835-1910, Complete" by Albert Bigelow Paine
Mathilde suffered ceaselessly, feeling herself born to enjoy all delicacies and all luxuries.
"Maupassant Original Short Stories (180), Complete" by Guy de Maupassant
She had rejected also the Earl of Chisholm, a conspicuous position, an honorable family, luxury, a great opportunity in life.
"A Little Journey in the World" by Charles Dudley Warner
Our luxury was our honesty.
"File No. 113" by Emile Gaboriau
Maternity seemed to her a luxury for rich women; she had her fortune to make.
"Serge Panine, Complete" by Georges Ohnet
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In poetry:

Leave then, O Luxury! this happy soil;
Chase her, Britannia! to some hostile shore
Or fleece the baneful pest with annual spoil,
And let thy virtuous offspring weep no more.
"Elegy XXI. Taking a View of the Country From His Retirement" by William Shenstone
A Worldling spent each day
In luxury and state;
While a believer lay,
A beggar at his gate:
Think not the Lord's appointments strange,
Death made a great and lasting change.
"The Rich Man And Lazarus" by John Newton
Who will believe? Not I—for in deceiving
Lies the dear charm of life's delightful dream;
I cannot spare the luxury of believing
That all things beautiful are what they seem.
"Red Jacket" by Fitz-Greene Halleck
As the young millet, by the genial rain
Enriched, shoots up luxuriant and tall,
So, when we southward marched with toil and pain,
The Earl of Shaou cheered and inspired us all.
"The Earl Of Shaou's Work" by Confucius
B. —I grant 'tis luxury; yet the race who moil
May rightly claim remission from their toil;
And if excess unduly there be found,
'Tis but degree; and who shall fix the bound?
"Pretence. Part I - Table-Talk" by John Kenyon
To swing in the hammock, disport in the breeze,
To lie in the shade of magnificent trees--
Oh, this is like quaffing from luxury's bowl
The life-giving essence for body and soul!
"Holiday Home." by Hattie Howard

In news:

The Old Gray Lady Engages in Luxury Marketing at a Rather Breathtaking Pricepoint.
Situation won't affect management of luxury resort near Northstar.
The prettiest face of Cartier is not on a timepiece, but is Italian leading lady Monica Bellucci, the muse for the French luxury brand's debut Délices de Cartier jewelry collection.
Tracy Morgan 's silver Jaguar got banged up Monday night on Manhattan's Upper East Side when he opened the door to his luxury car and a bicycle deliveryman smashed right into it.
EarthWerks Luxury Vinyl Plank and Tile is is being featured on the DIY Network show Mega Dens .
1 spot it shared with the Japanese luxury brand last year, J.D.
Luxury still desirable in new markets.
Suicide bombers rocked two luxury hotels in Jakarta Friday morning just as guests were gathering for breakfast.
Unfortunately, its fairly anonymous styling has made it pretty much invisible to shoppers in the entry-luxury segment.
Dilapidated old building is transformed into the luxurious Campbell Hotel.
Starting next week, mum's the word on luxury in Beijing.
Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger proclaimed a state of emergency Oct 22 in Roseville, Calif, after a suspected arson destroyed a wing of the luxury Westfield Galleria at Roseville mall in the Sacramento area town.
Luxury Strand house back on the market – at a discount.
Billing itself as the smallest luxury hotel in the world, La Colombe has only six suites and a handful of courtyard apartments.
Beat the cold this winter with a luxurious condo that's not as pricey as you may think.
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In science:

In astronomy we do not have the luxury of designing the experiments or manipulating the individual components, so knowledge in the strict sense is even more difficult to obtain.
Computational Asteroseismology
However, to address the issues discussed above pertaining to black holes, one does not have the luxury of working in the asymptotic region; one must face the highly curved geometry near black holes.
How Black Holes Grow
The black triangles at N = 40 used the RANLUX generator at luxury level 2 (L ¨uscher 1994), and the black squares at N = 50 used the (very poor) standard UNIX RNG (C function rand())2 .
Searching for periods in X-ray observations using Kuiper's test. Application to the ROSAT PSPC archive
Such a problem will affect primarily future high-precision space-borne global astrometric missions such as Gaia, which will not have the luxury to pre-select the list of targets.
Astrometric Methods and Instrumentation to Identify and Characterize Extrasolar Planets: A Review
Within the inelastic hard sphere model using now the ”realistic” restitution coefficients of Eq. (5), one has indeed the luxury to investigate features appearing with the progressive jamming of the system, starting from the very dilute limit, and characterize the deeper origin of the obtained profiles.
Granular gases in mechanical engineering: on the origin of heterogeneous ultrasonic shot peening
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