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sumptuous

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Definition of superior quality — often indicating extravagance or expensiveness
  • Helen's first wifely duty was to insist that she should and could and would help her husband with the work of cleaning up after the sumptuous supper.
    Zane Grey  --  The Man of the Forest
  • And yet the pleasure was sumptuous, a banquet of exotic delicacies.
    Nora Roberts  --  Dark Witch
  • Several of them came, they supped sumptuously, the dance began at about ten o'clock.
    Miguel de Cervantes  --  Don Quixote
  • Sumptuousness and splendor.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • (Editor's note:  The suffix "-ness" converts an adjective to a noun that means state or degree of. This is the same pattern you see in words like darkness, kindness, and coolness.)
  • Row after row of sumptuous blooms, in lush pink, sunset orange, and even pale blue.
    Suzanne Collins  --  Mockingjay
  • The more sumptuous the dope, the deeper the anguish —mental and physical — when it wore off.
    Donna Tartt  --  The Goldfinch
  • They would see the sumptuousness of Venice, not its shape, and though Venice was not Europe, it was part of the Mediterranean harmony.
    E.M. Forster  --  A Passage to India
  • (Editor's note:  The suffix "-ness" converts an adjective to a noun that means state or degree of. This is the same pattern you see in words like darkness, kindness, and coolness.)
  • Here seals and otters could indulge in a sumptuous meal, mixing meat from fish with vegetables from the sea, like the English with their Irish stews.
    Jules Verne  --  Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea
  • In the corner of a parking lot, among the sumptuous boutiques, they've reconstructed a forties diner.
    Margaret Atwood  --  Cat's Eye
  • Speaking too softly to hear, the maids spoke in laundry code, and shortly thereafter their arms ballooned around sumptuous silk and velvet dresses.
    Mark Helprin  --  A Soldier of the Great War
  • They dined together, sumptuously.
    Charles Dickens  --  Nicholas Nickleby
  • I decided to treat myself to a sumptuous feast, and then put up at a good hotel, and accumulate a new outfit of property.
    H.G. Wells  --  The Invisible Man
  • We established ourselves in one of the smallest and least sumptuously furnished apartments.
    Edgar Allan Poe  --  MS. Found in a Bottle
  • —but anyway, it looks out on Fifth Avenue, and I'm designing a sumptuous——"
    Sinclair Lewis  --  Main Street
  • Some wore sumptuous robes of ermine, ruby velvet, and cloth of gold.
    George R.R. Martin  --  A Clash of Kings
  • I instructed the Marcos to keep quiet about this sumptuousness, so as to give me a chance to surprise the guests and show off a little.
    Mark Twain  --  A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court
  • (Editor's note:  The suffix "-ness" converts an adjective to a noun that means state or degree of. This is the same pattern you see in words like darkness, kindness, and coolness.)
  • It was held in several sumptuous acres of office near Rockefeller Center with mountains of caviar high enough to ski on.
    Nicholas Evans  --  The Horse Whisperer
  • Donald excuses himself and moves to a central spot in the sumptuous living room to give a toast, holding out his crystal glass of white wine.
    Ron Suskind  --  A Hope in the Unseen
  • Biscuit tins with sumptuous pictures of English castles and ladies with bustles and ringlets.
    Arundhati Roy  --  The God of Small Things
  • She wanted them to be sumptuous, and when he alone could not pay the expenses, she made up the deficit liberally, which happened pretty well every time.
    Gustave Flaubert  --  Madame Bovary

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