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luxurious

[luhg-zhoo r-ee-uh s, luhk-shoo r-]
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adjective
  1. characterized by luxury; ministering or conducive to luxury: a luxurious hotel.
  2. given to or loving luxury; wanting or requiring what is choice, expensive, or the like: a person with luxurious tastes.
  3. given to pleasure, especially of the senses; voluptuous.
  4. present or occurring in great abundance, rich profusion, etc.; opulent: a luxurious harvest; music of luxurious beauty.
  5. excessively ornate; overelaborate: luxurious prose.

Origin of luxurious

First recorded in 1300–50; Middle English word from Latin word luxuriōsus. See luxury, -ous
Related formslux·u·ri·ous·ly, adverblux·u·ri·ous·ness, nouno·ver·lux·u·ri·ous, adjectiveo·ver·lux·u·ri·ous·ly, adverbo·ver·lux·u·ri·ous·ness, nounpre·lux·u·ri·ous, adjectivepre·lux·u·ri·ous·ly, adverbpre·lux·u·ri·ous·ness, nounqua·si-lux·u·ri·ous, adjectivequa·si-lux·u·ri·ous·ly, adverbsu·per·lux·u·ri·ous, adjectivesu·per·lux·u·ri·ous·ly, adverbsu·per·lux·u·ri·ous·ness, nounun·lux·u·ri·ous, adjectiveun·lux·u·ri·ous·ly, adverb
Can be confusedluxuriant luxurious

Synonyms

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1. rich, sumptuous. 2. epicurean. 3. sensual, self-indulgent.

Antonyms

1. squalid.
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  • There was a large bedroom and bath, and a luxurious study or lounging room.

  • So Roland lived on week after week in luxurious thoughtlessness.

    A Singer from the Sea

    Amelia Edith Huddleston Barr

  • Observe, that Darius was not the son of a king, and had not received a luxurious education.

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    Plato

  • Men are conservatives when they are least vigorous, or when they are most luxurious.

    Essays, Second Series

    Ralph Waldo Emerson

  • Athenaeus also mentions one Apion who wrote a book on luxurious living.


British Dictionary definitions for luxurious

luxurious

adjective
  1. characterized by luxury
  2. enjoying or devoted to luxury
  3. an archaic word for lecherous
Derived Formsluxuriously, adverbluxuriousness, noun

Word Origin

C14: via Old French from Latin luxuriōsus excessive

usage

Luxurious is sometimes wrongly used where luxuriant is meant: he had a luxuriant (not luxurious) moustache; the walls were covered with a luxuriant growth of wisteria
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Word Origin and History for luxurious

adj.

c.1300, "lascivious, lecherous, unchaste," from Old French luxurios "lustful, lascivious" (Modern French luxurieux), from Latin luxuriosus, from luxuria (see luxury). Meaning "given to luxury, voluptuous" (of persons) is from c.1600. Of things, meaning "characterized by luxury" is attested from c.1650. Related: Luxuriously; luxuriousness.

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