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Costly definitions

Webster's 1828 Dictionary

COSTLY, a. [from cost.] Of a high price; sumptuous; expensive; purchased at a great expense; as a costly habit; costly furniture.
Mary took a pound of spikenard, very costly. John 12.

WordNet (r) 3.0 (2005)

adj
1: entailing great loss or sacrifice; "a dearly-won victory" [syn: dearly-won, costly]
2: having a high price; "costly jewelry"; "high-priced merchandise"; "much too dear for my pocketbook"; "a pricey restaurant" [syn: costly, dear, high-priced, pricey, pricy]

Merriam Webster's

adjective (costlier; -est) Date: 14th century 1. a. commanding a high price especially because of intrinsic worth <costly gems> b. rich, splendid 2. made or done at heavy expense or sacrifice <a costly mistake> costliness noun

Oxford Reference Dictionary

adj. (costlier, costliest) 1 costing much; expensive. 2 of great value. Derivatives: costliness n.

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Costly Cost"ly (k?st"l?; 115), a. [From Cost expense.] 1. Of great cost; expensive; dear. He had fitted up his palace in the most costly and sumptuous style, for the accomodation of the princess. --Prescott. 2. Gorgeous; sumptuous. [Poetic.] To show how costly summer was at hand. --Shak.

Collin's Cobuild Dictionary

(costlier, costliest) 1. If you say that something is costly, you mean that it costs a lot of money, often more than you would want to pay. Having professionally made curtains can be costly, so why not make your own? = expensive ? inexpensive ADJ 2. If you describe someone's action or mistake as costly, you mean that it results in a serious disadvantage for them, for example the loss of a large amount of money or the loss of their reputation. Psychometric tests can save organizations from grim and costly mistakes... ADJ

Soule's Dictionary of English Synonyms

a. 1. Expensive, dear, high-priced, of great price. 2. Rich, sumptuous, precious, splendid, gorgeous.



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