exorbitant

adjective
ex·or·bi·tant | \ ig-ˈzȯr-bə-tənt \

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

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exorbitantly adverb

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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

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."

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. Zevin1946 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
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The senator criticized the USOC for raking in money and paying exorbitant salaries without properly compensating athletes. Tim Evans, Indianapolis Star, "5 takeaways from the U.S. Senate hearing about Larry Nassar," 5 June 2018 Walker’s views are far outside of the mainstream, and that’s why Wisconsin needs a new governor who can be counted on to respect women’s medical decisions and protect Wisconsin’s families from exorbitant healthcare fees. Mary Spicuzza, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Scott Walker says he doubts Donald Trump's Supreme Court pick would overturn abortion ruling," 13 July 2018 After going undrafted in 2013, his strong play at Summer League led to a lucrative contract in Turkey, where his club, Trabzonspor, paid for a car, provided a full-time driver and comped exorbitant road meals. Jake Fischer, SI.com, "The Economics of a Las Vegas Summer League Invite," 12 July 2018 The crowds, the weather, the lines, the exorbitant ticket costs. refinery29.com, "Half A Million People Went To Essence Festival — & These 25 Looks Stood Out," 10 July 2018 Consulting firms charge exorbitant fees, which the M.T.A. does not question. William Finnegan, The New Yorker, "Can Andy Byford Save the Subways?," 2 July 2018 According to Straley, this approach allows small-scale fishermen to improve the quality of their fish without an exorbitant cost to consumers. Author: Isabelle Ross, Anchorage Daily News, "Bristol Bay fishermen sell halibut directly to restaurant-distributors," 25 June 2018 The White Sox need Machado even more than the Cubs and easily could justify the exorbitant fee — imagine Manny in the middle of a lineup including Yoan Moncada, Eloy Jimenez and Jose Abreu. David Haugh, chicagotribune.com, "Manny Machado deal would be costly for Cubs — but worth the price for a superstar," 12 May 2018 Other Premier League clubs such as Fulham, Everton and West Ham have been linked with a move for Vida but are likely to be put off by news of the central defender's exorbitant asking price, which is likely to be well out of their price range. SI.com, "Report Claims Liverpool Have Had Opening €18m Bid Rejected for Besiktas World Cup Star," 9 July 2018

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'exorbitant.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

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First Known Use of exorbitant

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for 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

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exorbitant

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English Language Learners Definition of exorbitant

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

exorbitant

adjective
ex·or·bi·tant | \ ig-ˈzȯr-bə-tənt \

Kids Definition of exorbitant

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

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