V2 Vocabulary Building Dictionary



Definition: 1. growing lushly and in abundance, or producing a large amount of something; 2. luxurious and marked by extravagance; 3. creative, flowery, or elaborate (writing)

Synonyms: luxurious, lush, abundant, profuse, fertile, fruitful, ornate, elaborate, extravagant, flowery

Antonyms: sparse, spare

Tips: Luxuriant is derived from the Latin luxuria, “profusion, excess." Luxuriant is almost always used to describe a profusion of plants, trees, and foliage growing lavishly. Luxuriant is related to the words luxury and luxurious; both are derived from luxuria as well, but are derived from the definition of "excess." Luxuriant can be used positively or critically.

Usage Examples:

Michigan State University boasts a luxuriant garden designed by and for children. (lush)

The writers of the Romantic era are known for their luxuriant style. (flowery, creative)

He admired her long, luxuriant hair from a distance. (luxurious, lush)

The tropical weather in Costa Rica provides for some of the most luxuriant forests in the world. (lush, fertile, abundant)

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