- excessive or unnecessary expenditure or outlay of money.
- an instance of this: That sports car is an inexcusable extravagance.
- unrestrained or fantastic excess, as of actions or opinions.
- an extravagant action, notion, etc.: the extravagances one commits in moments of stress.
Origin of extravagance
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Examples from the Web for extravagance
Unfortunately, despite the extravagance of the parades, Putin was not there to witness the festivities.Ramzan Kadyrov: The Man Between Putin and ISIS
October 8, 2014
Gaga may call ARTPOP her new look, but it seems that the singer's need for extravagance is part of her same old tricks.Deconstructing Lady Gaga's 5 Bras in "Applause"
August 19, 2013
Many have accused the Spanish royals of living a life of extravagance using public funds, even as much of Spain is suffering.Spain's Royal Troubles
April 4, 2013
Many celebrities opted to donate their wares to charity, and the extravagance—and value—of the bags have gone down over the years.Oscar’s Bizarre Swag Bag: Condoms, Circus Training, and More
February 21, 2013
Charles's extravagance is undoubtedly a factor in his low popularity ratings.How 2012 Turned Into a Very Bad Year For Prince Charles
November 26, 2012
Jeffersonian simplicity is preached; extravagance is practised.'Tis Sixty Years Since
Charles Francis Adams
Burlesque, farce and extravagance of situation and dialogue.The Dramatic Values in Plautus
Wilton Wallace Blancke
There are worse faults to be laid to his account than lechery and extravagance.The Man Shakespeare
She was plain; she was simple; but it was the costly simplicity of extravagance.Her Father's Daughter
The extravagance of some of the early Quakers has been grossly exaggerated.The Works of Whittier, Volume VI (of VII)
John Greenleaf Whittier
- excessive outlay of money; wasteful spending
- immoderate or absurd speech or behaviour
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.