Definition of extravagance in English:


Syllabification: ex·trav·a·gance
Pronunciation: /ikˈstravəgəns


  • 1Lack of restraint in spending money or use of resources: his reckless extravagance with other people’s money
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    • Peter Stringer has occasionally been charged with a lack of extravagance behind the scrum, but his antennae are never down.
    • In reckless extravagance he outdid the prodigals of all times in ingenuity… and set before his guests loaves and meats of gold, declaring that a man ought either to be frugal or be Caesar.
    • While always treating James with deference, Cecil urged him to curtail his extravagance and also to restrain his partiality for Scots advisers and companions.
  • 1.1A thing on which too much money has been spent or which has used up too many resources: salmon trout is an unnecessary extravagance
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    • Until the very end he was famous for extravagances and spent millions on yachts, helicopters, planes and homes around the world, including an $11m apartment in New York whose furnishings are the source of his current tax problems.
    • The schools barely have enough money for a fully equipped football team, and they certainly have no money for extravagances like bus yards.
    • Lottery money has to be sought, not for luxuries or extravagances, but to maintain parks and public areas.
  • 1.2Excessive elaborateness of style, speech, or action: the extravagance of the decor
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    • But to get back to the question of a gay sensibility: cliche has us believe that amongst its ingredients are flamboyance, showiness, excess and extravagance.
    • They seem to be giant physical manifestations of a kind of extravagance, or excessiveness, a breaking out of boundaries, form, and structure.
    • The degree of excess and extravagance seemed over the top in even the most subdued tiki bar.
    ornateness, elaborateness, embellishment, ornamentation; ostentation, overelaborateness, excessiveness, exaggeration, outrageousness, immoderation, excess



Pronunciation: /-gənsē/
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  • Looking back at it, I realize clearly that in my circumstances this has been criminal extravagancy.
  • It was only occasionally that she would experience their extravagancy and that was only when she was in the rare presence of her globetrotting father.
  • They could not enjoy such extravagancies while their people were starving in their oil rich homeland.


mid 17th century: from French, from medieval Latin extravagant- 'diverging greatly', from the verb extravagari (see extravagant).

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