extravagant

adjective
ex·​trav·​a·​gant | \ik-ˈstra-vi-gənt \

Definition of extravagant 

1a obsolete : strange, curious

b archaic : wandering

2a : 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

3a : spending much more than necessary has always been extravagant with her money

b : profuse, lavish

4 : extremely or unreasonably high in price an extravagant purchase

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extravagantly adverb

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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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The West Virginia House of Delegates on Monday impeached four justices of the state Supreme Court on charges of extravagant spending and other misconduct, setting the stage for a Senate trial that could lead to their removal. Fox News, "Lavish court spending in poor West Virginia triggers scandal, 4 state Supreme Court justices impeached," 15 Aug. 2018 For those who really want to ball out, the villa on the 32nd floor is the most extravagant—just be prepared to pony up $40,000 each night. Bridget Hallinan, Condé Nast Traveler, "These Newly Renovated Las Vegas Villas Cost Up to $40,000 a Night," 17 July 2018 In typical Kardashian-Jenner fashion, the makeup mogul went above and beyond to buy her mom something a little more extravagant than some nice roses. Kim Quindlen, Teen Vogue, "Kylie Jenner Buys Kris Jenner $250,000 Ferrari 488," 30 Oct. 2018 Previously, Tommy Hilfiger collaborated with Gigi Hadid on a two-year design partnership that debuted over a series of extravagant runway events in New York, Los Angeles, London, and Milan. Lauren Alexis Fisher, Harper's BAZAAR, "Tommy Hilfiger Taps Zendaya For Next Design Collaboration," 16 Oct. 2018 The Mubarak sons are symbols of the excesses of their father’s rule over Egypt, known for their lavish lifestyles and extravagant spending during Hosni Mubarak’s three-decade reign before he was ousted in the 2011 Arab Spring revolt. Jared Malsin, WSJ, "Sons of Ex-Egypt Leader Mubarak Arrested in Graft Probe," 15 Sep. 2018 The West Virginia House of Delegates on Monday impeached four justices of the state Supreme Court on charges of extravagant spending and other misconduct, setting the stage for a Senate trial that could lead to their removal. Fox News, "Lavish court spending in poor West Virginia triggers scandal, 4 state Supreme Court justices impeached," 15 Aug. 2018 The West Virginia House of Delegates on Monday impeached four justices of the state Supreme Court on charges of extravagant spending and other misconduct, setting the stage for a Senate trial that could lead to their removal. John Raby, The Seattle Times, "Lavish court spending in poor West Virginia triggers scandal," 14 Aug. 2018 Murphy has a knack for grandiosity, and, as with American Horror Story, Versace marries the extravagant with the violent. Kelly Lawler, USA TODAY, "Review: FX's 'The Assassination of Gianni Versace' will unnerve you," 16 Jan. 2018

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First Known Use of extravagant

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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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extravagant

adjective

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 \

Kids Definition of extravagant

1 : going beyond what is reasonable or suitable extravagant praise

2 : wasteful especially of money

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