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Examples of exorbitant in a Sentence
- 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
- As with the black truffle, foie gras is as exorbitant ($52 a pound) as it is decadent (one gram of foie gras can reportedly be 900 calories). —Heather Morgan, Traveler, April 2000
- … I recommend that the Congress adopt … [a] continuation of the law for the renegotiation of war contracts—which will prevent exorbitant profits and assure fair prices to the Government. —Franklin D. Roosevelt 11 Jan. 1944, in Nothing to Fear by B. D. Zevin, 1946
They were charged exorbitant rates for phone calls.
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
Recent Examples of exorbitant from the Web
Gold rush Such extensive testing—and exorbitant billing—has become more commonplace amid the national epidemic of opioid abuse and overdose deaths.
Some of the missing supermarket food turned up in black-market centers, accompanied by exorbitant prices.
Metro Detroit has seen a succession of exorbitant, headline-grabbing menu items in the past few years.
His family and friends have established a legal fund to help defray what are expected to be exorbitant financial costs.
Manufactured homes are the best means for many people to overcome exorbitant housing costs while fulfilling the American Dream of homeownership.
Apple alleges Qualcomm uses its dominance in smartphone chips unfairly to extract exorbitant patent royalties from licensees.
The National Business Aviation Association’s Ed Bolen and his allies terrified Congress that the new board would impose exorbitant taxes or harm rural airports.
This would eliminate teams being able to fit three superstars under the hard cap because competing teams would bid exorbitant amounts to land one of these franchise-altering players.
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How Was exorbitant First Used?
The first use of "exorbitant" in English was "wandering or deviating from the normal or ordinary course." That sense is now archaic, but it provides a hint as to the origins of "exorbitant": the word derives from Late Latin exorbitans, the present participle of the verb exorbitare, meaning "to deviate." "Exorbitare" in turn was formed by combining the prefix ex-, meaning "out of," with the noun orbita, meaning "track of a wheel or "rut." ("Orbita" itself traces back to "orbis," the Latin word for "disk" or "hoop.") In the 15th century "exorbitant" came to refer to something which fell outside of the normal or intended scope of the law. Eventually, it developed an extended sense as a synonym of "excessive."
Origin and Etymology of exorbitant
First Known Use: 15th centurySee Words from the same year
devilish, excessive, extravagant, extreme, fancy, immoderate, inordinate, insane, intolerable, lavish, overdue, overextravagant, overmuch, overweening, plethoric, steep, stiff, towering, unconscionable, undue, unmerciful;
a bit much, over the top;
Synonym Discussion of exorbitant
- excessive punishment
- immoderate spending
- inordinate pride
- extravagant claims for the product
- exorbitant prices
- extreme shyness
EXORBITANT Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of exorbitant for English Language Learners
: going far beyond what is fair, reasonable, or expected : too high, expensive, etc.
EXORBITANT Defined for Kids
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