- pertaining to, dealing with, or regulating expense or expenditure.
- intended to regulate personal habits on moral or religious grounds.
Origin of sumptuary
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Examples from the Web for sumptuary
When it tries to do so by sumptuary legislation, nothing but mischief is invoked.A Preface to Politics
The impolicy or inutility of sumptuary laws was not in this age acknowledged.Memoirs of the Court of Queen Elizabeth
This kind of furniture was prohibited by a sumptuary pragmatic of 1594.The Arts and Crafts of Older Spain, Volume II (of 3)
The increase in indirect taxation had been wholly in sumptuary taxes.The Annual Register 1914
And I learned that all the orders, sumptuary and others, had been similarly written and signed.A Rebel War Clerk's Diary at the Confederate States Capital
John Beauchamp Jones
- relating to or controlling expenditure or extravagance
C17: from Latin sumptuārius concerning expense, from sumptus expense, from sūmere to spend
Word Origin and History for sumptuary
"pertaining to expense," 1600, from Latin sumptuarius "relating to expenses," from sumptus "expensive" (see sumptuous).
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper