sumptuary law


noun
  1. a law regulating personal habits that offend the moral or religious beliefs of the community.

  2. a law regulating personal expenditures designed to restrain extravagance, especially in food and dress.

Origin of sumptuary law

1
First recorded in 1590–1600

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British Dictionary definitions for sumptuary law

sumptuary law

noun
  1. (formerly) a law imposing restraint on luxury, esp by limiting personal expenditure or by regulating personal conduct in religious and moral spheres

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