extravagant

adjective
ex·​trav·​a·​gant | \ ik-ˈstra-vi-gənt How to pronounce extravagant (audio) \

Definition of extravagant

1a : exceeding the limits of reason or necessity extravagant claims
b : lacking in moderation, balance, and restraint extravagant praise
c : extremely or excessively elaborate an extravagant display
2 : extremely or unreasonably high in price an extravagant purchase
3a : spending much more than necessary has always been extravagant with her money
4a archaic : wandering
b obsolete : strange, curious

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Other Words from extravagant

extravagantly adverb

Choose the Right Synonym for extravagant

excessive, immoderate, inordinate, extravagant, exorbitant, extreme mean going beyond a normal limit. excessive implies an amount or degree too great to be reasonable or acceptable. excessive punishment immoderate implies lack of desirable or necessary restraint. immoderate spending inordinate implies an exceeding of the limits dictated by reason or good judgment. inordinate pride extravagant implies an indifference to restraints imposed by truth, prudence, or good taste. extravagant claims for the product exorbitant implies a departure from accepted standards regarding amount or degree. exorbitant prices extreme may imply an approach to the farthest limit possible or conceivable but commonly means only to a notably high degree. extreme shyness

Examples of extravagant in a Sentence

The company has been making extravagant claims about the drug's effectiveness. The film is notable for its extravagant settings and special effects. We're going on a less extravagant vacation this year. Her extravagant spending has to stop.
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Recent Examples on the Web Lord & Taylor, known for its upscale fashions and extravagant holiday window displays, sought bankruptcy protection from creditors after a turnaround effort faltered amid the coronavirus pandemic. Fortune, "U.S.’s oldest department store is latest retail bankruptcy of the COVID era," 3 Aug. 2020 Lord & Taylor, known for its upscale fashions and extravagant holiday window displays, sought bankruptcy protection from creditors after a turnaround effort faltered amid the coronavirus pandemic. Jef Feeley, Bloomberg.com, "Lord & Taylor, Oldest U.S. Department Store, Files Bankruptcy," 31 July 2020 But the overarching theme isn’t just about the extravagant costumes, beautiful scenery, or intricate choreography. Candace Mcduffie, Glamour, "Beyoncé’s Black Is King Is Exactly What We Need Right Now," 31 July 2020 But a federal affidavit alleged his extravagant lifestyle was financed through hacking schemes that stole millions of dollars from major companies in the United States and Europe. Faith Karimi, CNN, "He flaunted private jets and luxury cars on Instagram. Feds used his posts to link him to alleged cyber crimes," 12 July 2020 Karlo sees his extravagant wardrobe as something more. Shannon Carlin, refinery29.com, "If Netflix’s Mucho, Mucho Amor Is The First You’ve Heard Of Walter Mercado, Let Us Catch You Up," 9 July 2020 Mercado newcomers will be mesmerized by his projection of fabulousness—those extravagant capes come courtesy of designer brands like Isaac Mizrahi, Versace, and Swarovski—as well as his quick wit. Jonathan Borge, Glamour, "Walter Mercado Was a Latinx Icon—and Mucho Mucho Amor Is the Perfect Tribute," 8 July 2020 To a piped soundtrack of sentimental music, the crowd of movie fans snapped souvenir photos of its extravagant interior and remembered when its heyday, and theirs, intertwined. Washington Post, "Thais bid addio to theater where they fell in love with film," 6 July 2020 Even though Lincoln pulled out all the stops with an extravagant Continental Coach Door Edition that cost six figures and sold like hotcakes, its popularity was never matched by the mainstream version. Eric Stafford, Car and Driver, "Lincoln Continental Is Canceled as Brand Shifts to All-SUV Lineup," 2 July 2020

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First Known Use of extravagant

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 4b

History and Etymology for extravagant

Middle English, from Middle French, from Medieval Latin extravagant-, extravagans, from Latin extra- + vagant-, vagans, present participle of vagari to wander about, from vagus wandering

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The first known use of extravagant was in the 15th century

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“Extravagant.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/extravagant. Accessed 10 Aug. 2020.

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extravagant

adjective
How to pronounce extravagant (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of extravagant

: more than is usual, necessary, or proper
: very fancy
: very expensive and not necessary

extravagant

adjective
ex·​trav·​a·​gant | \ ik-ˈstra-və-gənt How to pronounce extravagant (audio) \

Kids Definition of extravagant

1 : going beyond what is reasonable or suitable extravagant praise
2 : wasteful especially of money

Other Words from extravagant

extravagantly adverb

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