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extravagant

[ik-strav-uh-guhnt]
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adjective
  1. spending much more than is necessary or wise; wasteful: an extravagant shopper.
  2. excessively high: extravagant expenses; extravagant prices.
  3. exceeding the bounds of reason, as actions, demands, opinions, or passions.
  4. going beyond what is deserved or justifiable: extravagant praise.
  5. Obsolete. wandering beyond bounds.
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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 formsex·trav·a·gant·ly, adverbex·trav·a·gant·ness, nouno·ver·ex·trav·a·gant, adjectiveo·ver·ex·trav·a·gant·ly, adverbun·ex·trav·a·gant, adjectiveun·ex·trav·a·gant·ly, adverb

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Historical Examples

  • As to this, extravagant pretensions have sometimes been advanced.

  • Manifestations of extravagant thirst, which water could not satisfy.

  • The Inca indulges in extravagant expressions of love for his daughter.

    Apu Ollantay

    Anonymous

  • It is foolish and extravagant of me to want a second story when there are just the two of us.

    Dust

    Mr. and Mrs. Haldeman-Julius

  • The vegetation was extravagant in its luxuriance and splendor.

    The Rock of Chickamauga

    Joseph A. Altsheler


British Dictionary definitions for extravagant

extravagant

adjective
  1. spending money excessively or immoderately
  2. going beyond usual bounds; unrestrainedextravagant praise
  3. ostentatious; showy
  4. exorbitant in price; overpriced
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Derived Formsextravagantly, adverb

Word Origin

C14: from Medieval Latin extravagāns, from Latin extra- + vagārī to wander
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Word Origin and History for extravagant

adj.

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.

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