exorbitance

noun

ex·​or·​bi·​tance ig-ˈzȯr-bə-tən(t)s How to pronounce exorbitance (audio)
1
: an exorbitant action or procedure
especially : excessive or gross deviation from rule, right, or propriety
2
: the tendency or disposition to be exorbitant

Examples of exorbitance in a Sentence

an exorbitance that seemed to have been brought about by a midlife crisis
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Word History

First Known Use

1609, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of exorbitance was in 1609

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“Exorbitance.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/exorbitance. Accessed 20 Apr. 2024.

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