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Line breaks: ex|trava|gant
Pronunciation: /ɪkˈstravəɡ(ə)nt
, ɛk-/

Definition of extravagant in English:


1Lacking restraint in spending money or using resources: it was rather extravagant to buy both
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  • 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 games
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  • 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.
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;
informal pricey, costing an arm and a leg, costing the earth, costing a bomb, daylight robbery
1.2Exceeding what is reasonable or appropriate; excessive or elaborate: extravagant claims about the merchandise
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  • 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.
exorbitant, extortionate, excessive, high, unreasonable, outrageous, undue, uncalled for, extreme, inordinate, unwarranted, unnecessary, needless, disproportionate, too much
informal sky-high, over the top, OTT, a bit much, fancy-pants
excessive, immoderate, exaggerated, gushing, gushy, unrestrained, unreserved, effusive, fulsome;
outrageous, preposterous, absurd, irrational, reckless, wild
informal steep, over the top, OTT
informal flash, flashy


late Middle English (in the sense 'unusual, unsuitable'): from medieval Latin extravagant- 'diverging greatly', from the verb extravagari, from Latin extra- 'outside' + vagari 'wander'.



Example sentences
  • 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.

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