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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
If Trump does away with the ACA, millions will live in fear of an unexpected health emergency—or even an unintended pregnancy—and be left to deal with the exorbitant medical costs that could result.
Federal Insurance, also known as Chubb, similarly alleges in its court filings that Novant’s arrangements permitted exorbitant fees to be charged for retirement plan services.
And even though the Blazers' payroll is exorbitant for a team that barely finished .500, there is no pressure from ownership to dump contracts for the sake of trimming payroll.
Since 2013, one of the core values of the house is simply to maintain exorbitant price tags — T-shirts cost up to $1,000 and couture jackets are priced as high as $95,000.
The Lakers did not get distracted by Ball’s outrageous father or his exorbitant footwear.
Hong Kong's density and exorbitant land prices have hampered recycling efforts, with operators reluctant to earmark sites for recycling facilities, environmentalists said.
Already, some tickets are cropping up on eBay at exorbitant prices.
Minor violations led to multiple arrests, jail time and exorbitant costs, and the burden fell disproportionately on blacks, the report found.
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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
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
First Known Use: 15th centurySee Words from the same year
Synonym Discussion of exorbitant
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
Definition of exorbitant for Students
: more than what is fair, reasonable, or expected exorbitant prices
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