View synonyms for inordinately


[ in-awr-dn-it-lee ]


  1. in a way or to a degree that goes beyond proper or reasonable limits; immoderately or excessively:

    He was inordinately proud of his ability to read Latin.

    If your teen is inordinately anxious about school and grades, this is the time to be watchful.

  2. in a disordered or uncontrolled way:

    All economists, I am advised, agree that the principle of competition operates inordinately in certain industries.

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Word History and Origins

Origin of inordinately1

First recorded in 1425–75; inordinate ( def ) + -ly ( def )
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Example Sentences

The deplatforming largely resulted in a collective short-term sigh of relief, but was a stark demonstration of the inordinate and lightly regulated power of a handful of tech giants based in Silicon Valley.

From Time

Advertising may have gone through an inordinate amount of change this year, but some things remain the same.

From Digiday

Roads are dark, flat surfaces that absorb an inordinate amount of heat.

Chopping ingredients in the kitchen with a knife and cutting board can be satisfying and sometimes necessary, but in the majority of cases, this process takes up an inordinate amount of time and creates a huge mess to clean up.

One of the things that happened when I went through treatment and spent inordinate amounts of time in the hospital is that the things I’d been working on now felt trivial.

For every nanosecond that I miraculously lift off the ground, I land with an inordinately loud thud.

And in some situations I have to work inordinately hard to make others put it aside.

“I have been inordinately lucky all my life but the greatest luck of all has been Elizabeth,” he writes.

My father was inordinately proud of this honour, though my mother was mildly embarrassed at it.

When we first met, you were already inordinately famous for an artist.

Deeply as they disapproved of his politics, they respected his independence and were inordinately proud of him.

A poorer landscape to draw never was known, nor a pleasanter to see—the children especially, who are inordinately fat and rosy.

Now, then—now, then—what kind of a service would it be that would make a man so inordinately grateful?

He was always impatient, inordinately despairing in misfortunes, till the last extremity.

He was a smallish man, well rounded, pleasant-faced, and inordinately proud of his name.