American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Extravagance.
- n. Something extravagant.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Extravagance; a wandering; especially, a wandering out of or beyond the usual or proper course; a wild or licentious departure from custom or propriety; a vagary.
- n. archaic, 17th-19th centuries The characteristic of being extravagant.
- n. archaic, 17th-19th centuries A thing that is extravagant.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. Extravagance.
- n. the quality of exceeding the appropriate limits of decorum or probability or truth
“What you show is complete extravagancy and uncessary use of valuable materials.”
“But design styles do tend to filter down from those rich enough for an “complete extravagancy and uncessary use of valuable materials” – because they hire architects who follow eachothers work.”
“In a good poem, whether it be epic or dramatic, as also in sonnets, epigrams, and other pieces, both judgement and fancy are required: but the fancy must be more eminent; because they please for the extravagancy, but ought not to displease by indiscretion.”
“Though human infirmity may betray thy heedless days into the popular ways of extravagancy, yet, let not thine own depravity or the torrent of vicious times carry thee into desperate enormities in opinions, manners, or actions.”
“Only we must be sure that it be a divine revelation, and that we understand it right: else we shall expose ourselves to all the extravagancy of enthusiasm, and all the error of wrong principles, if we have faith and assurance in what is not divine revelation.”
“The Japanese history of “Tanzar and Neadarne,” by the same author, is an amiable extravagancy, interspersed with the most just reflections.”
“What extravagancy is not man capable of entertaining, when once his shackled reason is led in triumph by fancy and prejudice!”
“If the boundaries be not set between faith and reason, no enthusiasm or extravagancy in religion can be contradicted.”
“No, sooth, sir: my determinate voyage is mere extravagancy.”
“Emmanuel was in Mansoul; wherefore they, looking upon what the captains did to be, as they called it, a fruit of the extravagancy of their wild and foolish fancies, rather despised them than feared them.”
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