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sumptuary (SUMP-choo-er-ee) adjective

1. Relating to or regulating expenses.

2. Regulating personal habits or behavior on moral or religious grounds.

[From Latin sumptuarius, from sumptus expense, past participle of sumere (to take up), from emere (to take). Ultimately from Indo-European root em- (to take or distribute) that is also the source of words such as example, sample, assume, consume, prompt, ransom, vintage, and redeem.]

See more usage examples of sumptuary in Vocabulary.com's dictionary.

"The monthly Sumptuary Allowance for both the Speaker and the Deputy Speaker has been raised to Tk 6,000 from Tk 5,000 and Tk 3,000." Remunerations of PM, Speaker, Ministers Up; The Independent (Bangladesh); Jul 8, 2003. [Tk is the abbreviation for Taka, the principal unit of currency in Bangladesh.]

"A ban on advertising of junk foods in schools, especially candies and soft drinks with high sugar content. Sumptuary taxes on soft drinks as well - sure to be opposed bitterly by the lobbyists. If alcohol and tobacco advertisements cannot be allowed on children's TV, why allow advertising of foods that promote obesity and future health ills on a par with them?" Ian Williams; Big Food's Real Appetites; The Nation (New York); May 6, 2002.

This week's theme: words from the world of money and finance.


When will our consciences grow so tender that we will act to prevent human misery rather than avenge it? -Eleanor Roosevelt, diplomat and writer (1884-1962)

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