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Definition of extravagance

1a : an instance of excess or prodigality specifically : an excessive outlay of money
b : something extravagant a new car is an extravagance we can't afford
2 : the quality or fact of being extravagant the extravagance of the decorations

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Examples of extravagance in a Sentence

The reorganization of the department was aimed at reducing extravagance. That coat is an extravagance that you can't afford. Going to the play will be our one extravagance for this vacation. I was shocked by the extravagance of their lifestyle. The church is known for the extravagance of its architecture.
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Recent Examples on the Web Students and others mimicked the languid extravagance of doomed, drunken Sebastian, toting his teddy bear at Oxford, and his spoiled pals. The Economist, "The Flyte club Published 75 years ago, “Brideshead Revisited” set off a lasting cult," 11 June 2020 That's an extravagance that has made my life a lot easier. Kaitlin Menza, Condé Nast Traveler, "How I Travel: Jenny Han Packs 3 Different Toiletry Bags," 28 Feb. 2020 In more recent times, filmmakers have concluded that musical performance is such an extravagance it can only be excused as fantasy. Louis Bayard, Washington Post, "The glorious history of movie musicals," 27 Nov. 2019 Obbink didn’t flinch, but Lupfer wondered how anyone on an academic salary could afford such extravagance. Ariel Sabar, The Atlantic, "A Mystery at Oxford," 13 May 2020 But the hype levels never quite reached peak marketing extravagance. Los Angeles Times, "What Microsoft’s Xbox Series X preview does and doesn’t tell us about the future of gaming," 7 May 2020 Bill Bradley’s first game as a Knick in 1967, according to Albert, was the only other one in his career to merit such extravagance. Marc Stein, New York Times, "When the Knicks Were Legend," 6 May 2020 There's nothing wrong with those things, but sometimes extravagance can take center stage while the smaller, more intimate details recede to the background, Orbuch said. Kristen Rogers, CNN, "How to make anniversaries special when you can't leave the house," 18 Apr. 2020 The clothes are subtler perhaps than the brash sort of extravagance found in Mykonos, St. Tropez, or Sardinia. Kate Holstein, Condé Nast Traveler, "Falling in Love With St. Barts All Over Again," 10 Apr. 2020

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First Known Use of extravagance

1640, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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“Extravagance.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/extravagance. Accessed 4 Jul. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of extravagance

: the act or practice of spending a lot of money : wasteful or careless spending
: a special purchase that costs more than you usually spend
: the quality of something that is very expensive or fancy : an extravagant quality


ex·​trav·​a·​gance | \ ik-ˈstra-və-gəns How to pronounce extravagance (audio) \

Kids Definition of extravagance

1 : the wasteful or careless spending of money
2 : something that is wasteful especially of money A new car is an extravagance he can't afford.
3 : the quality or fact of being wasteful especially of money

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