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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
Honored as one of the globe's best mayors by an international organization in 2010, Ebrard left office two years later under a cloud involving the exorbitant and shoddy construction of a subway line.
Couture has seemingly been trying hard to justify itself (and its exorbitant price tags) in the new world of streetwear and athleisure, showing off its tricks and trims and the inside of its ateliers.
Schutta said, comparing the exorbitant costs of insulin in the U.S. to lower prices in Canada and other foreign countries.
The township has posted on its Facebook page that solicitors' terms and conditions often include low introductory prices and purposely hide, in fine print, the often exorbitant price after the relatively short one- to three-month introductory term.
Europe currently has roughly 15.7GW of offshore wind creating electricity for its grids, and the result of all that investment has been a steady decline in previously exorbitant installation costs.
Still, that didn’t stop LaVar from charging exorbitant ticket prices for games in 10,000-plus-seat arenas instead of high school gyms.
But these ideas have been widely criticized for their exorbitant cost — thought to be in the hundreds of billions of dollars a year — and the risks involved.
Yet only so much financial burden can be carried by football and men’s basketball, sports with earning potential but also exorbitant costs.
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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
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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