- 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
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Examples from the Web for exorbitant
Ultimately, the changing threat and enormous price tag doomed the program and only three ships will be built at exorbitant cost.Can the Navy's $12 Billion Stealth Destroyer Stay Afloat?
October 22, 2014
I was looking around a lot in Manhattan, but the prices were exorbitant.Chloe Sevigny on ‘The Cosmopolitans,’ New York’s Frat Boy Takeover, and ‘Asshole’ Michael Alig
August 24, 2014
A helping of free PR, all while skillfully avoiding the exorbitant day rate of British fashion model Daisy Lowe.How Marc Jacobs Punk’d the Modeling World
July 8, 2014
President Obama is right to point how the exorbitant cost of child care can be devastating for families.Why Obama’s Plan for Working Moms Just Won’t Work
July 8, 2014
He charged a fee, sometimes quite an exorbitant one, to those who could afford it, and helped others for free.Beck's Lessons for Liberals
June 29, 2011
In five minutes he was paying for whisky at an exorbitant price.The Night Riders
The taxation is so exorbitant that it is a marvel Italy is not depopulated.Italy, the Magic Land
Unsophisticated as he was, “Cobbler” Horn felt that the proposal was exorbitant.The Golden Shoemaker
J. W. Keyworth
But who has ever made such an exorbitant pretension in its name?Sophisms of the Protectionists
But in reality, Japan's success had been bought at an exorbitant price.Theodore Roosevelt and His Times
- (of prices, demands, etc) in excess of what is reasonable; excessive; extravagant; immoderate
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.