- 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.
- 1.1Resulting from or showing a lack of restraint in spending money or resources: extravagant gifts like computer gamesMore example sentences
expensive, costly, dear, high-priced, high-cost, exorbitant, extortionate, overpriced; immoderate, lavish; valuable, precious, priceless, worth its weight in gold, worth a king's ransom; British over the odds
- 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; excessive or elaborate: extravagant claims about the merchandiseMore example sentences
exorbitant, extortionate, excessive, high, unreasonable, outrageous, undue, uncalled for, extreme, inordinate, unwarranted, unnecessary, needless, disproportionate, too muchimmoderate, exaggerated, gushing, gushy, unrestrained, unreserved, effusive, fulsome; outrageous, preposterous, absurd, irrational, reckless, wildornate, elaborate, decorated, embellished, adorned, ornamented, fancy; over-elaborate, fussy, busy, ostentatious, exaggerated, overstated, showy, baroque, rococo, florid, wedding-cake, gingerbread• informal flash, flashy
- 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, unsuitable'): from medieval Latin extravagant- 'diverging greatly', from the verb extravagari, from Latin extra- 'outside' + vagari 'wander'.