sumptuous

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj sumptuous rich and superior in quality "a princely sum","gilded dining rooms"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • a Sumptuous Involving large outlay or expense; costly; expensive; hence, luxurious; splendid; magnificient; as, a sumptuous house or table; sumptuous apparel. "We are too magnificient and sumptuous in our tables and attendance.""She spoke, and turned her sumptuous head, with eyes
      Of shining expectation fixed on mine."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • sumptuous Costly; expensive; hence, splendid; magnificent: as, a sumptuous house or table; sumptuous apparel.
    • sumptuous Synonyms Gorgeous, superb, rich, lordly, princely.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Sumptuous sumpt′ū-us costly: magnificent
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Quotations

  • Mary Elizabeth Hewitt
    Mary Elizabeth Hewitt
    “A sumptuous dwelling the rich man hath. And dainty is his repast; but remember that luxury's prodigal hand keeps the furnace of toil in blast.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. sumptuosus, fr. sumptus, expanse, cost: cf. F. somptueux,. See Sumptuary
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. sumptuosus, costly—sumptus, cost.

Usage

In literature:

Paris is thus kept perennially sumptuous and splendid by the gold it engulfs.
"The Parisians, Complete" by Edward Bulwer-Lytton
You live well and fare sumptuously: your house is superb, your villa enchanting.
"Godolphin, Complete" by Edward Bulwer-Lytton
The repast was sumptuous; Lothair thought the dinner would never end, there were so many dishes, and apparently all of the highest pretension.
"Lothair" by Benjamin Disraeli
Have I spoken of the sumptuous carving of the capitals of the columns?
"Passages From the French and Italian Notebooks, Volume 2" by Nathaniel Hawthorne
I had lunch at the 11th Army Medical Headquarters Mess, and it was a sumptuous meal to which I did full justice.
"Diary of a U-Boat Commander" by Anonymous
The spells of witches have the power of producing meats and viands that have the appearance of a sumptuous feast, which the Devil furnishes.
"Passages From The American Notebooks, Volume 2" by Nathaniel Hawthorne
Some of them are almost palatial in size and sumptuousness of arrangement.
"Our Old Home" by Nathaniel Hawthorne
But because I am as poor as Lazarus, I dress in purple and fine linen, and fare sumptuously every day.
"The Virginians" by William Makepeace Thackeray
Fields returned the former had killed a fine buck on which we now fared sumptuously.
"The Journals of Lewis and Clark" by Meriwether Lewis and William Clark
He had a large, sumptuous office, with an enormous library.
"Cæsar or Nothing" by Pío Baroja Baroja
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In poetry:

The Lord sits on His throne,
Merrily follows the show.
Brightly on His sumptuous gown
Sparkles and golden stars glow.
"Theater" by Nikolai Stepanovich Gumilev
It chanc'd the king upon a day
Prepar'd a sumptuous feast,
And there came lords and dainty dames,
And many a noble guest.
"Valentine and Ursine" by Anonymous British
Thy girdle of gold so red,
With pearles bedecked sumptuously;
The like no other lasses had,
And yet thou wouldst not love me
"Greensleeves" by Anonymous British
When she broke forth from below,
Flowers came, hell-hounds on her heels.
Dis, the dark, the jealous god, the husband,
Flower-sumptuous-blooded.
"Purple Anemones" by D H Lawrence
Each inn, each house, or sumptuous seat,
Of lords and knights the late retreat,
Now uninhabited remains;
Or else the plague alone there reigns.
"Another On The Same Occasion" by Rees Prichard
Now, big with war, Sends fate from far,
If rebel realms their fate demand;
Now sumptuous spoils Of foreign soils
Pours in the bosom of our land.
"Ocean: An Ode. Concluding With A Wish." by Edward Young

In news:

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This fall it's return of the lady—with chain-strap bags, tailored looks and sumptuous tones of gray, cream and camel.
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