ex·​trav·​a·​gance | \ ik-ˈstra-vi-gən(t)s How to pronounce extravagance (audio) \

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

Looking at Herrera’s 1981 collection today, the clothes seem the apotheosis of ’80s extravagance. New York Times, "Carolina Herrera’s Very First Show — and What It Meant for Fashion," 16 Apr. 2018 Today, however, Princess Beatrice traded in extravagance for something slightly more demure, so the attention would be all on her lil sis. Marina Liao, Marie Claire, "Princess Beatrice Wore a Ralph & Russo Dress to Princess Eugenie's Wedding," 12 Oct. 2018 The minidress featured two Medusa head accents on the shoulder straps, a subtle nod towards towards ’90s-era extravagance. Edward Barsamian, Vogue, "Kim Kardashian West Really Loves Her Vintage Versace," 16 Aug. 2018 Some examples: One male writer and editor, finding that Christmas extravagance of affluent society caused him intense anxiety, simple plunges into work as an aide in a children's hospital ward during holiday days-off. Harper's BAZAAR, "How To Cope With Holiday Loneliness," 25 Dec. 2014 Artistic Director Donatella Versace’s flashy designs celebrate extravagance and excess. Kim Bhasin, The Seattle Times, "Michael Kors $2 billion bet on Versace may be too bold," 25 Sep. 2018 From their settings to their costumes to their props, these works employ the Catholic aesthetic not just to suggest a belief system, but to cultivate an air of extravagance and excess that borders on fanatical. refinery29.com, "Has Catholicism Earned This "Fashion" Moment?," 3 May 2018 However, the ad doesn't include the portion of the sermon that discourages extravagance and spending too much on cars. Mary Chapman, chicagotribune.com, "Controversial Ram truck Super Bowl ad might have gotten something right," 7 Feb. 2018 Dabo Swinney should start another round of fundraising, as Clemson’s ode to extravagance — replete with a slide, mini-golf course and bowling lanes — cost more than $200 million less. Chicago Tribune Staff, chicagotribune.com, "National writer calls Northwestern's Ryan Fieldhouse the 'nicest facility in all of college football'," 24 May 2018

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First Known Use of extravagance

1640, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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The first known use of extravagance was in 1640

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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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to speak slightingly about or to degrade

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