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exorbitant

adjective ex·or·bi·tant \ig-ˈzr-bə-tənt\

: going far beyond what is fair, reasonable, or expected : too high, expensive, etc.

Full Definition of EXORBITANT

1
:  not coming within the scope of the law
2
:  exceeding the customary or appropriate limits in intensity, quality, amount, or size
ex·or·bi·tant·ly adverb

Examples of EXORBITANT

  1. They were charged exorbitant rates for phone calls.
  2. <the cost of our stay was so exorbitant you would have thought that we had bought the hotel and not just spent a few nights there>
  3. The citizens of Xiaoli Village move lazily, with a languor born of chronic underemployment. They are farmers by tradition, but exorbitant taxes have leached any profitability out of their profession. —Hannah Beech, Time, 27 Oct. 2003

Origin of EXORBITANT

Middle English, from Late Latin exorbitant-, exorbitans, present participle of exorbitare to deviate, from Latin ex- + orbita track of a wheel, rut, from orbis disk, hoop
First Known Use: 15th century

Synonym Discussion of EXORBITANT

excessive, immoderate, inordinate, extravagant, exorbitant, extreme mean going beyond a normal limit. excessive implies an amount or degree too great to be reasonable or acceptable <excessive punishment>. immoderate implies lack of desirable or necessary restraint <immoderate spending>. inordinate implies an exceeding of the limits dictated by reason or good judgment <inordinate pride>. extravagant implies an indifference to restraints imposed by truth, prudence, or good taste <extravagant claims for the product>. exorbitant implies a departure from accepted standards regarding amount or degree <exorbitant prices>. extreme may imply an approach to the farthest limit possible or conceivable but commonly means only to a notably high degree <extreme shyness>.
EXORBITANT Defined for Kids

exorbitant

adjective ex·or·bi·tant \ig-ˈzr-bə-tənt\

Definition of EXORBITANT for Kids

:  more than what is fair, reasonable, or expected <exorbitant prices>

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