pertaining to, dealing with, or regulating expense or expenditure.
intended to regulate personal habits on moral or religious grounds.
- sumptuary , sumptuous
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How to use sumptuary in a sentence
Naturally the sumptuary laws about the wearing of fur were perpetually infringed upon, to the great satisfaction of the furriers.Catherine de' Medici | Honore de Balzac
The sumptuary law for burying the dead in woollen, still occupies its place in their statute book.Domestic Animals | Richard L. Allen
Mr. Holmes justly remarks: "This sumptuary law, for the matter and style, is a curiosity."The Loyalists of America and Their Times, Vol. 1 of 2 | Egerton Ryerson
It is with great pleasure that I see you mention sumptuary laws.
Lastly, to put limits to extravagance, the sumptuary laws were promulgated.History of Julius Caesar Vol. 1 of 2 | Napoleon III, Emperor of the French, 1808-1873.
British Dictionary definitions for sumptuary
relating to or controlling expenditure or extravagance
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