- 1Lacking restraint in spending money or using resources: it was rather extravagant to buy bothMore example sentences
- When it comes to love, God is the great prodigal - extravagant, a spendthrift, and oblivious to cost.
- This relates to the extravagant spending also; if a public institution wants to be funded through taxpayer money, they must be accountable and transparent with how they spend it.
- While it will welcome the slower pace of growth in mortgage lending, it is concerned that individuals are borrowing for day-to-day spending for extravagant lifestyles.
- 1.1Costing too much money: extravagant gifts like computer gamesMore example sentences
- This was interpreted to mean: women feel confident that they have found a strong and committed mate when they receive an extravagant gift.
- The two tiny bundles that arrived unexpectedly on Debbie Badger's 34th birthday were more precious than the most extravagant gift.
- They regularly shower their friends with wildly extravagant gifts, kindnesses which Phillip and Alice could never hope to return or repay.
- 1.2Exceeding what is reasonable or appropriate; absurd: extravagant claims for its effectivenessMore example sentences
exorbitant, extortionate, excessive, high, unreasonablegushing, unrestrained, effusive, fulsomeornate, elaborate, decorated, ornamented, fancy; overelaborate, gaudy, garish, ostentatious, exaggerated, baroque, rococo
- And a few lines further on he specifies Christianity as the most extravagant elaboration of the moral theme that humanity has ever heard.
- The history of western commentaries on ancient Mesoamerican objects is full of extravagant claims made on the basis of such meaningless formal convergences.
- Later, when the publicity had died down and independent researchers take a more dispassionate view of the outcomes of treatment over a longer period, the extravagant claims cannot be sustained.
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- It is hoped the event, with attractions, automobile traders and displays of the most extravagantly modified cars, will drive away irresponsible boy racers.
- As O'Brien goes on to extravagantly describe, we live in a world of wraparound sound, in which popular music can scarcely be escaped.
- There is no incentive to really strive in the British economy when even the owner of a failing bookshop can afford an extravagantly large terrace in Notting Hill.
late Middle English (in the sense 'unusual, abnormal, unsuitable'): from medieval Latin extravagant- 'diverging greatly', from the verb extravagari, from Latin extra- 'outside' + vagari 'wander'.