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extravagance

[ik-strav-uh-guh ns] /ɪkˈstræv ə gəns/
noun
1.
excessive or unnecessary expenditure or outlay of money.
2.
an instance of this:
That sports car is an inexcusable extravagance.
3.
unrestrained or fantastic excess, as of actions or opinions.
4.
an extravagant action, notion, etc.:
the extravagances one commits in moments of stress.
Origin of extravagance
1635-1645
1635-45; < French, Middle French; see extravagant, -ance
Synonyms
3. lavishness, profusion.
Antonyms
1. frugality.
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  • It must be noted that La Marche's reflections upon the extravagance of the entertainment occur also in Escouchy's memoirs.

    Charles the Bold Ruth Putnam
  • Jeffersonian simplicity is preached; extravagance is practised.

    'Tis Sixty Years Since Charles Francis Adams
  • Her purse now contained three shillings, and she certainly could not accuse herself of any extravagance in the matter of diet.

    The Palace Beautiful L. T. Meade
  • Burlesque, farce and extravagance of situation and dialogue.

    The Dramatic Values in Plautus Wilton Wallace Blancke
  • The extravagance of these tales was however usually no objection to them in Phonny's and Malleville's estimation.

    Mary Erskine Jacob Abbott
British Dictionary definitions for extravagance

extravagance

/ɪkˈstrævəɡəns/
noun
1.
excessive outlay of money; wasteful spending
2.
immoderate or absurd speech or behaviour
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Word Origin and History for extravagance
n.

1640s, from French extravagance, from Late Latin extravagantem (see extravagant). Specifically of wasteful spending from 1727. Extravagancy is attested from c.1600.

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