- entailing great expense; very high-priced; costly: an expensive party.
Origin of expensive
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Expensive, costly, dear, high-priced apply to something that is high in price. Expensive is applied to whatever entails considerable expense; it suggests a price more than the average person would normally be able to pay or a price paid only for something special: an expensive automobile. Costly implies that the price is a large sum, usually because of the fineness, preciousness, etc., of the object: a costly jewel. Dear is commonly applied in England to something that is selling beyond its usual or just price. In the U.S., high-priced is the usual equivalent.
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Examples from the Web for expensiveness
This in some measure banished luxury and expensiveness from these feasts.
Tournaments were also interdicted on account of their expensiveness.The History of Chivalry, Volume I (of 2)
A diagram at once shows its awkwardness, expensiveness, and undesirability.Dramatic Technique
George Pierce Baker
There was therefore no basis for a growth of taste in disregard of expensiveness.The Theory of the Leisure Class
Another dubious point is Oswald's argument in the first act as to the expensiveness of marriage as compared with free union.Ghosts
- high-priced; costly; dear
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Word Origin and History for expensiveness
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