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[luhg-zhoo r-ee-uh s, luhk-shoo r-] /lʌgˈʒʊər i əs, lʌkˈʃʊər-/
characterized by luxury; ministering or conducive to luxury:
a luxurious hotel.
given to or loving luxury; wanting or requiring what is choice, expensive, or the like:
a person with luxurious tastes.
given to pleasure, especially of the senses; voluptuous.
present or occurring in great abundance, rich profusion, etc.; opulent:
a luxurious harvest; music of luxurious beauty.
excessively ornate; overelaborate:
luxurious prose.
Origin of luxurious
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.
1. rich, sumptuous. 2. epicurean. 3. sensual, self-indulgent.
1. squalid. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for luxuriousness
Historical Examples
  • Cork abounds in cars of all degrees of decrepitude and luxuriousness.

    Romantic Ireland; volume 2/2 M.F and B. McM. Mansfield
  • If it had been eighty pound, the luxuriousness of feeling would have been increased.

    The Old Curiosity Shop Charles Dickens
  • The luxuriousness of these wealthy women rivalled that of Rome itself.

    Women of Early Christianity Alfred Brittain
  • With a sensation of luxuriousness he recalled the labels with the large "Poison!"

  • luxuriousness is the immoderate desire or love of good living.

    The Philosophy of Spinoza Baruch de Spinoza
  • The dainty voluptuousness in a "Serenade" kindles with the luxuriousness of the South.

    Poems of Henry Timrod Henry Timrod
  • However, Dawson could not help gasping impulsively at the luxuriousness of the fittings and furnishings.

    Dave Dawson on Guadalcanal Robert Sydney Bowen
  • I never knew austerity so resemble luxuriousness—or the other way about, whichever it was.

    The Debit Account

    Oliver Onions
  • It would ill become us to dilate at length upon the extremes into which their arrogance and luxuriousness led them.

    The Message Alec John Dawson
  • She shook her head, with the same austere air of luxuriousness that she had shown over-night when speaking of the weather. '

    Little Dorrit Charles Dickens
British Dictionary definitions for luxuriousness


characterized by luxury
enjoying or devoted to luxury
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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for luxuriousness



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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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