Title: Last Call
Author: Daniel Okrent
Word: sumptuary laws
- relating to personal expenditures and especially to prevent extravagance and luxury
- designed to regulate extravagant expenditures or habits especially on moral or religious grounds. ie sumptuary laws or sumptuary tax
I found this sentence when looking up the definition:
In Elizabethan England, these laws attempted to restrict the sumptuousness of dress in order to curb extravagance, protect fortunes, and make clear the necessary and appropriate distinctions between levels of society.
The common root with sumptuousness helped the word make more sense though a couple hundred years appeared to morph the meaning a bit.