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luxuriate

[luhg-zhoo r-ee-eyt, luhk-shoo r-]
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verb (used without object), lux·u·ri·at·ed, lux·u·ri·at·ing.
  1. to enjoy oneself without stint; revel: to luxuriate in newly acquired wealth.
  2. to grow fully or abundantly; thrive: The plants luxuriated in the new soil.
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Origin of luxuriate

1615–25; < Latin luxuriātus, past participle of luxuriāre. See luxuriant, -ate1
Related formslux·u·ri·a·tion, nounun·lux·u·ri·at·ing, adjective
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Examples from the Web for luxuriated

Historical Examples

  • What was the value of tributes to beauty by a hand that luxuriated in ugliness?

    Embarrassments

    Henry James

  • After dinner, I luxuriated in a long chair opposite the window.

    At the Court of the Amr

    John Alfred Gray

  • He luxuriated in the splendor and the beauty of this dedicated life.

    Ripeness is All

    Jesse Roarke

  • He luxuriated in the sense of protection and authority which his words conveyed.

    Ethan Frome

    Edith Wharton

  • I luxuriated in the contrast, tho' I am not at all inclined to be a snob.

    The Journal of a Disappointed Man

    Wilhelm Nero Pilate Barbellion


British Dictionary definitions for luxuriated

luxuriate

verb (intr)
  1. (foll by in) to take voluptuous pleasure; revel
  2. to flourish extensively or profusely
  3. to live in a sumptuous way
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Derived Formsluxuriation, noun

Word Origin

C17: from Latin luxuriāre
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Word Origin and History for luxuriated

luxuriate

v.

1620s, "to indulge in luxury," from Latin luxuriatus, past participle of luxuriare "have to excess," figuratively "run riot, be dissolute, indulge to excess," from luxuria "excess, rankness, luxuriance" (see luxury). Related: Luxuriated; luxuriating.

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