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Amenity vs Luxury

Amenity and luxury both denote something (as an object, a feature, a quality, or an experience) that gives refined or exquisite pleasure or is exceedingly pleasing to the mind or senses.

Amenity typically implies a delightful mildness, gentleness, or softness, especially in contrast to an uncomfortable or distressing harshness, roughness, or crudeness.

  • many English go to the Riviera in the winter because of the amenity of its climate

It may imply no more than a vague conducing to physical or material comfort or convenience.

  • every amenity . . . including… showers, central heating, and first-class cuisine
    H. G. Smith

Luxury stresses keen, often voluptuous, enjoyment and unalloyed gratification of the mind or senses, usually without a special suggestion of opulence in the thing enjoyed or sensuality in the pleasure.

  • and learn the luxury of doing good
  • Mark decided to walk back by the road . . . instead of indulging himself in the luxury of once more rejoicing in the solitude of the green lanes
  • a dressing room with a marble bath that made cleanliness a luxury instead of one of the sternest of the virtues