noun ex·trav·a·gance \ik-ˈstra-vi-gən(t)s\
: the act or practice of spending a lot of money : wasteful or careless spending
: a special purchase that costs more than you usually spend
: the quality of something that is very expensive or fancy : an extravagant quality
a : an instance of excess or prodigality; specifically : an excessive outlay of money
b : something extravagant <a new car is an extravagance we can't afford>
: the quality or fact of being extravagant <the extravagance of the decorations>
Examples of EXTRAVAGANCE
- The reorganization of the department was aimed at reducing extravagance.
- That coat is an extravagance that you can't afford.
- Going to the play will be our one extravagance for this vacation.
- I was shocked by the extravagance of their lifestyle.
- The church is known for the extravagance of its architecture.
First Known Use of EXTRAVAGANCE
: the wasteful or careless spending of money
: something that is wasteful especially of money <A new car is an extravagance he can't afford.>
: the quality or fact of being wasteful especially of money
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