Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Exceeding all bounds, as of custom or fairness: exorbitant prices. See Synonyms at excessive.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. exceeding proper limits; extravagant; excessive or unduly high

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Departing from an orbit or usual track; hence, deviating from the usual or due course; going beyond the appointed rules or established limits of right or propriety; excessive; extravagant; enormous; inordinate
  • adj. Not comprehended in a settled rule or method; anomalous.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Deviating from proper limitation or rule; excessively enlarged or extended; out of order or proportion.
  • Going beyond the bounds of reason; extravagantly exacting or exacted; inordinate; excessive: as, exorbitant charges or prices; an exorbitant usurer.
  • Synonyms Inordinate, unreasonable, unconscionable.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. greatly exceeding bounds of reason or moderation

Etymologies

Middle English, aberrant, flagrant, from Old French, excessive, extreme, from Late Latin exorbitāns, exorbitant-, present participle of exorbitāre, to deviate : Latin ex-, ex- + Latin orbita, path, track; see orbit.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

  • Koji Sasahara/Associated Press Presidents of major Japanese auto makers on Monday attended a joint press conference in Tokyo demanding the end of what they called exorbitant taxes on cars, which threaten to wipe out jobs.

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  • TOKYO AP -- Surrounded by dozens of cardboard boxes packed with 4 million petition signatures, the presidents of major Japanese automakers demanded Monday the end of what they called exorbitant taxes on cars that threaten to hollow out manufacturing and wipe out jobs.

  • The presidents demanded the end of what they called exorbitant taxes on cars.

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  • Cablevision in both matters refused to pay what they called exorbitant fees that would ultimately be passed on to customers.

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  • Reining in exorbitant executive pay packages that are draining resources is one way to do that.

    Think Progress » In 2005, Exxon CEO Raked in 190K a Day

  • Now comes the day of instant short-term performance; certain exorbitant fees for bankers; and some clients foregoing a long relationship for a basis point or two; and some investment bankers hungry for fees forgetting about relationships.

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  • Columbus negotiates with the queen, who considers his terms exorbitant 414-416

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  • Clark County firefighters have long been criticized for having what some call exorbitant salaries.

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  • We have benefitted for decades from what former French President Charles de Gaulle famously called the "exorbitant privilege" of borrowing in our own currency while most countries borrow in a foreign currency.

    The Folly of Economic Short-Termism

  • At the garage sale, each item had a tag with exorbitant original price taped to it and "Make Offer" written over that in black felt pen.

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