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[ig-zawr-bi-tuh nt] /ɪgˈzɔr bɪ tənt/
exceeding the bounds of custom, propriety, or reason, especially in amount or extent; highly excessive:
to charge an exorbitant price; exorbitant luxury.
Archaic. outside the authority of the law.
Origin of exorbitant
late Middle English
1425-75; late Middle English < Late Latin exorbitant- (stem of exorbitāns, present participle of exorbitāre to go out of the track), equivalent to ex- ex-1 + orbit(a) wheel track (see orbit) + -ant- -ant
Related forms
exorbitantly, adverb
unexorbitant, adjective
unexorbitantly, adverb
inordinate, outrageous, extreme, extravagant, unreasonable, unconscionable.
fair, reasonable. Unabridged
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  • The Duomo at Milan was squat, ugly, overrated, and the hotel charges in that city were most exorbitant.

    The Recipe for Diamonds Charles John Cutcliffe Wright Hyne
  • A riot was almost caused by the exorbitant prices that were charged for food.

    The Johnstown Horror James Herbert Walker
  • The league conducted a campaign to educate the masses in regard to housing, and payment of exorbitant rents was discouraged.

  • In five minutes he was paying for whisky at an exorbitant price.

    The Night Riders Ridgwell Cullum
  • The gods would be exorbitant indeed if they were not content with your blood for mine!

    The Emperor, Complete Georg Ebers
British Dictionary definitions for exorbitant


(of prices, demands, etc) in excess of what is reasonable; excessive; extravagant; immoderate
Derived Forms
exorbitance, noun
exorbitantly, adverb
Word Origin
C15: from Late Latin exorbitāre to deviate, from Latin orbita track
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Word Origin and History for exorbitant

mid-15c., a legal term, "deviating from rule or principle, eccentric;" from Latin exorbitantem (nominative exorbitans), present participle of exorbitare "deviate, go out of the track," from ex- "out of" (see ex-) + orbita "wheel track" (see orb). Sense of "excessive, immoderate" is from 1620s; of prices, rates, etc., from 1660s. Related: Exorbitantly.

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