Nevertheless, because we are bestowed with the privilege and responsibility of educating California's youth, we do not have the luxury, even during these difficult economic times, to take a defensive posture. We must do the honorable thing of bringing about greater improvements irrespective of the circumstances. As modern management guru Peter Drucker said, "We need gains."
Mr. Bryars’s 24-minute piece, composed for the Arditti Quartet in 1985, begins with a two-note Minimalist seesaw and moves stylistically backward (at least, for a time), toward the sumptuousness of the late-19th and early 20th centuries.
n., pl., -ries.
- Something inessential but conducive to pleasure and comfort.
- Something expensive or hard to obtain.
- Sumptuous living or surroundings: lives in luxury.
Providing luxury: a luxury car.
[Middle English luxurie, lust, from Old French, from Latin luxuria, excess, luxury, from luxus.]
SYNONYMS luxury, extravagance, frill. These nouns denote something desirable that is not a necessity: the real luxury of riding in a limousine; a simple wedding without any extravagances; caviar and other culinary frills.
- Something gained or acquired: territorial gains.
- Progress; advancement: The country made economic gains under the new government.
- The act of acquiring; attainment.
- An increase in amount or degree: a gain in operating income.
- Electronics. An increase in signal power, voltage, or current by an amplifier, expressed as the ratio of output to input. Also called amplification.
Meaning #1: wealth as evidenced by sumptuous living
Synonyms: luxury, luxuriousness, opulence
Meaning #2: the quality possessed by something that is excessively expensive
Synonyms: lavishness, luxury, sumptuosity
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