Origin: L. Luxuria, fr. Luxus: cf. F. Luxure.

1. A free indulgence in costly food, dress, furniture, or anything expensive which gratifies the appetites or tastes. "Riches expose a man to pride and luxury." (Spectator)

2. Anything which pleases the senses, and is also costly, or difficult to obtain; an expensive rarity; as, silks, jewels, and rare fruits are luxuries; in some countries ice is a great luxury. "He cut the side of a rock for a garden, and, by laying on it earth, furnished out a kind of luxury for a hermit." (Addison)

3. Lechery; lust. "Luxury is in wine and drunkenness." (Chaucer)

4. Luxuriance; exuberance.

Synonyms: Voluptuousness, epicurism, effeminacy, sensuality, lasciviousness, dainty, delicacy, gratification.

(01 Mar 1998)

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