Definitions of extravagance

  1. the trait of spending extravagantly Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  2. the quality of exceeding the appropriate limits of decorum or probability or truth; "we were surprised by the extravagance of his description" Wordnet Dictionary DB
  3. The state of being extravagant, wild, or prodigal beyond bounds of propriety or duty; want of moderation; excess; especially, undue expenditure of money; vaid and superfluous expense; prodigality; as, extravagance of anger, love, expression, imagination, demands. Webster Dictionary DB
  4. Excess in anything, especially in spending money; waste. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  5. Irregularity; excess: lavish expenditure. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  6. Lavish expenditure; prodigality; irregularity; wildness. extravagancy. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  7. Excess in anything; a going beyond the limits of strict truth or probability. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.

Usage examples for extravagance

  1. We pass our lives entirely in the search for extravagant adventures; and there is no extravagance with which we are not capable of sympathy. – New-Arabian-Nights by Stevenson, Robert Louis
  2. Mr. Gore was so much out of temper that after this piece of extravagance he was forced to pause a moment to recover himself. – Democracy An American Novel by Henry Adams