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[ik-strav-uh-guh nt] /ɪkˈstræv ə gənt/
spending much more than is necessary or wise; wasteful:
an extravagant shopper.
excessively high:
extravagant expenses; extravagant prices.
exceeding the bounds of reason, as actions, demands, opinions, or passions.
going beyond what is deserved or justifiable:
extravagant praise.
Obsolete. wandering beyond bounds.
Origin of extravagant
1350-1400; Middle English < Medieval Latin extrāvagant- (stem of extrāvagāns), present participle of extrāvagārī, equivalent to extrā- extra- + vagārī to wander
Related forms
extravagantly, adverb
extravagantness, noun
overextravagant, adjective
overextravagantly, adverb
unextravagant, adjective
unextravagantly, adverb
1. imprudent, spendthrift, prodigal. 2. immoderate, excessive, inordinate. 3. unreasonable, unrestrained, fantastic, wild, absurd, preposterous.
1. prudent, thrifty. 2. moderate. 3. reasonable. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for extravagantly
  • Fuzzy down feathers keep birds warm, while extravagantly curved feathers attract mates.
  • extravagantly aided poor countries have grown no faster than unaided ones.
  • They may be more likely to commit the sort of extravagantly violent crimes that attract stiff sentences.
  • Corn seems an extravagantly large plant for such a small yield of edible kernels.
  • The hype here is rather extravagantly outreaching the actual physics.
  • When that happens, underlings compliment him extravagantly on his good taste.
  • The actresses grin or smoulder extravagantly, heave their shoulders high in poignant shrugs.
  • Unfortunately, he has been extravagantly over-praised by several critics.
  • Gun advocates are apt to be extravagantly libertarian when the right to own guns is at stake.
  • He is extravagantly generous and makes sure that he is seen to be so.
British Dictionary definitions for extravagantly


spending money excessively or immoderately
going beyond usual bounds; unrestrained: extravagant praise
ostentatious; showy
exorbitant in price; overpriced
Derived Forms
extravagantly, adverb
Word Origin
C14: from Medieval Latin extravagāns, from Latin extra- + vagārī to wander
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Word Origin and History for extravagantly



late 14c., from Medieval Latin extravagantem, originally a word in Canon Law for uncodified papal decrees, present participle of extravagari "wander outside or beyond," from Latin extra "outside of" (see extra-) + vagari "wander, roam" (see vague). Extended sense of "excessive, extreme" first recorded 1590s; that of "wasteful, lavish" 1711. Related: Extravagantly.

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