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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His extravagances were jewelry for his wife and boats for himself. Washington Post, "H. Ross Perot, eccentric billionaire who made two independent runs for president, dies at 89," 9 July 2019 Yet the sheer painterly skill of his theatrical extravagance is undeniably impressive. Christopher Knight, latimes.com, "Review: 3 Velázquez paintings alone are reason to go, now, to this San Diego show," 26 June 2019 That was at a hometown rally, where the most unique extravagance was a set of confetti cannons that cost organizers between $2,000-4,000. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Column: Big spotlight means ‘everything changed’ for Imperial boxing champ Andy Ruiz Jr.," 23 June 2019 Critics accuse Erdogan of autocratic tendencies, corruption and extravagance. Motez Bishara, CNN, "Turkish President Erdogan attends wedding of Arsenal star Mesut Ozil," 8 June 2019 There is next to none of Shostakovich’s extravagance or self-indulgence. Mark Swed, latimes.com, "Review: Mirga’s first major recording is a magical debut," 5 June 2019 The ensemble is a lesson in extravagance and makes a statement right off the bat that Rosaliá is in charge. Tatum Dooley, Teen Vogue, "Rosalía's New Music Video For "Aute Cuture" Is An Ode To Over-The-Top Nails," 31 May 2019 But within a few generations, according to Ibn Khaldun, these victorious tribesmen lose their ‘asabiyya and become corrupted by luxury, extravagance, and leisure. Malise Ruthven, The New York Review of Books, "The Otherworldliness of Ibn Khaldun," 7 Feb. 2019 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

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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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