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[luhg-zhoor-ee-uhs, luhk-shoor-]
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  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.
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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


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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.

  • 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

British Dictionary definitions for luxuriousness


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

Word Origin

C14: via Old French from Latin luxuriōsus excessive


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 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.

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