un exorbitant

exorbitant

[ig-zawr-bi-tuhnt]
adjective
exceeding the bounds of custom, propriety, or reason, especially in amount or extent; highly excessive: to charge an exorbitant price; exorbitant luxury.

Origin:
1425–75; late Middle English < Late Latin exorbitant- (stem of exorbitāns, present participle of exorbitāre to go out of the track), equivalent to ex- ex-1 + orbit(a) wheel track (see orbit) + -ant- -ant

exorbitantly, adverb
unexorbitant, adjective
unexorbitantly, adverb


inordinate, outrageous, extreme, extravagant, unreasonable, unconscionable.


fair, reasonable.
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exorbitant (ɪɡˈzɔːbɪtənt)
 
adj
(of prices, demands, etc) in excess of what is reasonable; excessive; extravagant; immoderate
 
[C15: from Late Latin exorbitāre to deviate, from Latin orbita track]
 
ex'orbitance
 
n
 
ex'orbitantly
 
adv

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exorbitant
mid-15c., from L. exorbitantem (nom. exorbitans), prp. of exorbitare "deviate, go out of the track," from ex- "out of" + orbita "wheel track." Originally "deviating from rule or principle, eccentric;" sense of "excessive, immoderate" (of prices, rates, etc.) first recorded 1660s. Related: Exorbitantly.
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