from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The quality of being expensive, or of incurring or requiring great expenditures of money; costliness; extravagance: as, the expensiveness of war; expensiveness of one's tastes.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun The state of being expensive; entailing great expense.

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

  • noun the quality of being high-priced


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  • Mary was used to the expensiveness of Mrs. O'Callahan, but here was a new kind of expensiveness, subtle and compelling, strangely unconscious.

    King Coal : a Novel

  • In one indication of the trend, a key gauge of the expensiveness of the euro-for-dollar trade has widened to a negative 0.45 percentage point, compared with a negative 0.25 percentage point on July 1.

    Europe Banks Lean More on Emergency Funding

  • The auto maker's international unit was hit by currency losses as well as demand for cheaper cars abroad, spurred in part by the relative expensiveness of American vehicles as the dollar appreciated.

    Stronger Dollar May Crimp U.S. Earnings

  • I'd suspect that while most people would enjoy a really incredible pre-rendered cine, they'd be less keen on a 2 minute clip of a camera spinning around a talking head, and there again I'd point to the expensiveness of art.

    Great Big Bites

  • Why he had not toiled the whole five years under the spell of opium was the expensiveness of the habit.


  • Once, she even considered taking up with hand-painted china, but gave over the idea when she learned its expensiveness.


  • Yet this Waikiki house stressed no less than the rest in beauty, in dignity, and in expensiveness of upkeep.


  • Also, a large part of the expensiveness will be due to the use of material that will make it easy to keep the bathroom clean and in order.

    The House Beautiful

  • When I bought my last pair of running shoes, which I typically buy on the basis of expensiveness (important) and a cool color combination (essential), I was asked, “Are you fast?”

    i know i am, but what are you?

  • In other words, “superior expensiveness or futility.”

    60 in 60: #38 – Thorstein Veblen’s Conspicuous Consumption (Penguin’s Great Ideas Series)


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