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sumptuary laws


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Relating to or denoting laws that limit private expenditure on food and personal items. The word is recorded from the early 17th century, and comes ultimately from Latin sumptus ‘cost, expenditure’ from sumere ‘take’.

Subjects: Early Modern History (1500 to 1700).


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