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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
This past week saw a deluge of bad news for Pruitt, mostly focused on all the exorbitant travel he's done since his appointment.
Bauman said the city does have the right to go back to federal court and request modifications if the consultant costs become exorbitant.
West said the fear of exorbitant medical bills could lead young athletes in these areas to refrain from seeking diagnoses and treatment for head injuries.
But charges for anything weighing more than four pounds were so exorbitant that few people received any packages from the Postal Service.
Two weeks ago, his former deputy chief of staff alleged his ex-boss had overspent his office allowance, wanted security measures that weren't warranted and called for exorbitant travel arrangements.
The individual ingredients are purchased cheaply, but sold at exorbitant markups once they are mixed together.
An haute couture gown would certainly fall into that bucket, as these incredibly detailed, often meticulously handmade garments come with exorbitant, only-upon-request price tags—especially if they've been customized.
Maduro’s government, which controls the electric utilities, has gotten hip to what exorbitant energy use in a single residence means.
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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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