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American Dictionary of the English Language

Webster's Dictionary 1828

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Lavish


LAV'ISH, adjective [I know not from what source we have received this word. It coincides in elements with Latin liber, free, liberal, and lavo, to wash.]

1. Prodigal; expending or bestowing with profusion; profuse. He was lavish of expense; lavish of praise; lavish of encomiums; lavish of censure; lavish of blood and treasure.

2. Wasteful; expending without necessity; liberal to a fault.

3. Wild; unrestrained.

Curbing his lavish spirit.

LAV'ISH, verb transitive

1. To expend or bestow with profusion; as, to lavish praise or encomiums.

2. To waste; to expend without necessity or use; to squander; as, to lavish money on vices and amusements.