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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
1635-1645
1635-45; < French, Middle French; see extravagant, -ance
Synonyms
3. lavishness, profusion.
Antonyms
1. frugality.
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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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