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[ik-strav-uh-guh ns]
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  1. excessive or unnecessary expenditure or outlay of money.
  2. an instance of this: That sports car is an inexcusable extravagance.
  3. unrestrained or fantastic excess, as of actions or opinions.
  4. an extravagant action, notion, etc.: the extravagances one commits in moments of stress.
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Origin of extravagance

1635–45; < French, Middle French; see extravagant, -ance


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3. lavishness, profusion.


1. frugality.
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British Dictionary definitions for extravagance


  1. excessive outlay of money; wasteful spending
  2. immoderate or absurd speech or behaviour
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Word Origin and History for extravagance


1640s, from French extravagance, from Late Latin extravagantem (see extravagant). Specifically of wasteful spending from 1727. Extravagancy is attested from c.1600.

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