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Lavish Meaning and Definition from WordNet (r) 2.0
    lavish adj
  1. very generous; "distributed gifts with a lavish hand"; "the critics were lavish in their praise"; "a munificent gift"; "his father gave him a half-dollar and his mother a quarter and he thought them munificent"; "prodigal praise"; "unsparing generosity"; "his unstinted devotion"; "called for unstinting aid to Britain" [syn: munificent, overgenerous, prodigal, too-generous, unsparing, unstinted, unstinting]
  2. characterized by extravagance and profusion; "a lavish buffet"; "a lucullan feast" [syn: lucullan, lush, plush, plushy] v : expend profusely; also used with abstract nouns; "He was showered with praise" [syn: shower]
Lavish Meaning and Definition from Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
    Lavish \Lav"ish\ (l[a^]v"[i^]sh), a. [Akin to E. lave to lade out; cf. AS. gelafian to refresh, G. laben.]
  1. Expending or bestowing profusely; profuse; prodigal; as, lavish of money; lavish of praise.
  2. Superabundant; excessive; as, lavish spirits. Let her have needful, but not lavish, means. --Shak. Syn: Profuse; prodigal; wasteful; extravagant; exuberant; immoderate. See Profuse.
Lavish Meaning and Definition from Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
    Lavish \Lav"ish\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Lavished (-[i^]sht); p. pr. & vb. n. Lavishing.] To expend or bestow with profusion; to use with prodigality; to squander; as, to lavish money or praise.
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    * There is no calamity greater than lavish desires. There is no greater guilt than discontentment. And there is not greater disaster than greed. - Lao Tzu

    * Thanksgiving is a typically American holiday...The lavish meal is a symbol of the fact that abundant consumption is the result and reward of production. - Ayn Rand

    * We lavish on animals the love we are afraid to show to people. They might not return it or worse, they might. - Mignon McLaughlin

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