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adjective ex·trav·a·gant \ik-ˈstra-vi-gənt\

Simple Definition of extravagant

  • : more than is usual, necessary, or proper

  • : very fancy

  • : very expensive and not necessary

Full Definition of extravagant

  1. 1 a obsolete :  strange, curious b archaic :  wandering

  2. 2 a :  exceeding the limits of reason or necessity <extravagant claims> b :  lacking in moderation, balance, and restraint <extravagant praise> c :  extremely or excessively elaborate <an extravagant display>

  3. 3 a :  spending much more than necessary <has always been extravagant with her money> b :  profuse, lavish

  4. 4 :  extremely or unreasonably high in price <an extravagant purchase>

ex·trav·a·gant·ly adverb

Examples of extravagant

  1. The company has been making extravagant claims about the drug's effectiveness.

  2. The film is notable for its extravagant settings and special effects.

  3. We're going on a less extravagant vacation this year.

  4. Her extravagant spending has to stop.

Origin of extravagant

Middle English, from Middle French, from Medieval Latin extravagant-, extravagans, from Latin extra- + vagant-, vagans, present participle of vagari to wander about, from vagus wandering

First Known Use: 15th century

Synonym Discussion of extravagant

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>.

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February 6, 2016

an official order, decree, or edict

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