Definition of exorbitant in English:

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Pronunciation: /ɪɡˈzɔːbɪt(ə)nt/


(Of a price or amount charged) unreasonably high: some hotels charge exorbitant rates for phone calls
More example sentences
  • They were concerned that elderly women living alone seemed to be targeted and charged exorbitant prices.
  • How can any businessperson justify charging such an exorbitant price for apple pie and tea?
  • Who in their right mind would pay the exorbitant prices they charge for everything?
extortionate, excessively high, extremely high, excessive, sky-high, prohibitive, outrageous, unreasonable, preposterous, inordinate, immoderate, inflated, monstrous, unwarranted, unconscionable, huge, enormous, disproportionate;
punitive, ruinous;
expensive, extravagant;
British  over the odds
informal criminal, steep, stiff, over the top, OTT, costing an arm and a leg, costing a bomb, costing the earth, daylight robbery, a rip-off



Pronunciation: /ɪɡˈzɔːbɪt(ə)ns/
Example sentences
  • This is a lesser achievement than the strange, brilliant, delirious works of Gogol's prime; but it is, nevertheless, colored throughout by the inspired exorbitances of his genius.
  • Along with the similarly too-free-spirited two songs, such unchecked exorbitance damages the album's hard-won continuity.
  • Micah's parents had come in to inform us that they were leaving for something-or-other and swept out the door in a whiff of perfume and exorbitance.


Pronunciation: /ɪɡˈzɔːbɪt(ə)ntli/
Example sentences
  • Yes, Shanghai is definitely feeling the theater crunch, as the city now sports an excessive number of exorbitantly priced seats.
  • Like many of my colleagues, I was appalled at the outcome of arbitration before the Library of Congress, which set royalty payments at an exorbitantly high rate.
  • Some people have found a possible new way to beat the high cost of housing: to build apartments on their own, rather than buy an exorbitantly priced one from developers.


Late Middle English (originally describing a legal case that is outside the scope of a law): from late Latin exorbitant- 'going off the track', from exorbitare, from ex- 'out from' + orbita 'course, track'.

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