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LAV'ISH, a. I know not from what source we have received this word. It coincides in elements with L. 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.


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.

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Material presented was supplied by Brandon Staggs and was derived from the KJV Dictionary found on his website located at
The unabridged 1828 version of this dictionary in the SwordSearcher Bible Software.

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Entry for 'Lavish'. King James Dictionary.

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