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[ik-strav-uh-guh nt] /ɪkˈstræv ə gənt/
spending much more than is necessary or wise; wasteful:
an extravagant shopper.
excessively high:
extravagant expenses; extravagant prices.
exceeding the bounds of reason, as actions, demands, opinions, or passions.
going beyond what is deserved or justifiable:
extravagant praise.
Obsolete. wandering beyond bounds.
Origin of extravagant
1350-1400; Middle English < Medieval Latin extrāvagant- (stem of extrāvagāns), present participle of extrāvagārī, equivalent to extrā- extra- + vagārī to wander
Related forms
extravagantly, adverb
extravagantness, noun
overextravagant, adjective
overextravagantly, adverb
unextravagant, adjective
unextravagantly, adverb
1. imprudent, spendthrift, prodigal. 2. immoderate, excessive, inordinate. 3. unreasonable, unrestrained, fantastic, wild, absurd, preposterous.
1. prudent, thrifty. 2. moderate. 3. reasonable. Unabridged
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  • It is as extravagant as Ariosto, and as dull as Wilkie's Epigoniad.

    Life and Letters of Lord Macaulay George Otto Trevelyan
  • The folkways of the Middle Ages were fantastic and extravagant.

    Folkways William Graham Sumner
  • But, on the other hand, his ideas of a sufficient income were not extravagant.

  • The ideals are necessarily arbitrary and are very sure to be extravagant.

    Folkways William Graham Sumner
  • They cook nice clean food here, and have some good claret, which I have been extravagant enough to drink, much to my advantage.

    Letters from the Cape Lady Duff Gordon
British Dictionary definitions for extravagant


spending money excessively or immoderately
going beyond usual bounds; unrestrained: extravagant praise
ostentatious; showy
exorbitant in price; overpriced
Derived Forms
extravagantly, adverb
Word Origin
C14: from Medieval Latin extravagāns, from Latin extra- + vagārī to wander
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Word Origin and History for extravagant

late 14c., from Medieval Latin extravagantem, originally a word in Canon Law for uncodified papal decrees, present participle of extravagari "wander outside or beyond," from Latin extra "outside of" (see extra-) + vagari "wander, roam" (see vague). Extended sense of "excessive, extreme" first recorded 1590s; that of "wasteful, lavish" 1711. Related: Extravagantly.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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