VCR Lesson 7

Madeleine Page

Fill in the Blank

The girl's family encouraged her to wear more modest clothing because of their ____________ moral values.
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Sumptuary (adj.)

Pertaining to or regulating expenditure, often for religious or moral reasons, usually relating to clothes or food.

Roots

sumo, sumere, sumpsi, sumptum (L.) - to take, to obtain

Synonyms

Restrictive

Modest

Antonyms

Uncontrolled

Luxurious

Book Exercises

7B

4. B


7C

1. sumptuary

Practice

Find the incorrect usage of the word in bold.

  1. The sumptuary laws implemented in the late Middle Ages were targeted at commoners to keep them from advancing their social statuses.
  2. The royal family dined on a sumptuary feast, which featured a colored jelly in the shape of a swan and a perfectly roasted pig.
  3. Negated by the 21st Amendment in 1933, the sumptuary 18th Amendment prohibited the transport, sale, and consumption of alcoholic beverages.
  4. Queen Elizabeth I put multiple sumptuary restrictions on who could wear purple; only the queen, king, and their close family members could wear however much purple they desired.