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luxurious

[luhg-zhoo r-ee-uh s, luhk-shoo r-] /lʌgˈʒʊər i əs, lʌkˈʃʊər-/
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
1300-1350
First recorded in 1300-50; Middle English word from Latin word luxuriōsus. See luxury, -ous
Related forms
luxuriously, adverb
luxuriousness, noun
overluxurious, adjective
overluxuriously, adverb
overluxuriousness, noun
preluxurious, adjective
preluxuriously, adverb
preluxuriousness, noun
quasi-luxurious, adjective
quasi-luxuriously, adverb
superluxurious, adjective
superluxuriously, adverb
superluxuriousness, noun
unluxurious, adjective
unluxuriously, adverb
Can be confused
luxuriant, luxurious.
Synonyms
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.

    City of Endless Night Milo Hastings
  • 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.

    Laws 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

/lʌɡˈzjʊərɪəs/
adjective
1.
characterized by luxury
2.
enjoying or devoted to luxury
3.
an archaic word for lecherous
Derived Forms
luxuriously, adverb
luxuriousness, noun
Usage note
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
Word Origin
C14: via Old French from Latin luxuriōsus excessive
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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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