Sumptuary laws

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Sumptuary laws laws 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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Usage

In literature:

She had made fresh sumptuary laws, it appeared.
"The Lost Continent" by C. J. Cutcliffe Hyne
We have public-house licensing laws, but not sumptuary laws.
"Heretics" by Gilbert K. Chesterton
Surely there should be a sumptuary law compelling pastry-cooks to deal in cellars or behind drawn blinds.
"Paul Kelver" by Jerome Klapka, AKA Jerome K. Jerome
I am no advocate of sumptuary laws; but there should be one prohibiting big-footed women from wearing white shoes.
"Lady Baltimore" by Owen Wister
Naturally the sumptuary laws about the wearing of fur were perpetually infringed upon, to the great satisfaction of the furriers.
"Catherine de' Medici" by Honore de Balzac
If they can afford it, well and good: let us have no sumptuary law.
"Yet Again" by Max Beerbohm
It has its sumptuary laws as well as its curriculum of learning.
"The Hermit and the Wild Woman and Other Stories" by Edith Wharton
Whether nations, as wise and opulent as ours, have not made sumptuary laws; and what hinders us from doing the same?
"The Querist" by George Berkley
This sumptuary law was passed during the public distress consequent upon Hannibal's invasion of Italy.
"The Satyricon, Complete" by Petronius Arbiter
A sumptuary law was enacted.
"The Lives Of The Twelve Caesars, Complete To Which Are Added, His Lives Of The Grammarians, Rhetoricians, And Poets" by C. Suetonius Tranquillus
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