from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun The quality of being extravagant.
  • noun Immoderate spending.
  • noun Something extravagant. synonym: luxury.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A wandering beyond proper bounds; an excursion or a sally out of the usual way, course, or limit.
  • noun An extravagant action, or such actions collectively; a going beyond proper limits in action, conduct, or feeling; the overdoing of something; specifically, lavish outlay or expenditure.
  • noun The quality of being extravagant: excessiveness or unreasonableness in amount or degree; exorbitance: as, extravagance of expenditure, demands, conduct, passion, etc.
  • noun Synonyms Wildness, irregularity, absurdity, excess, exorbitance, unreasonableness, profusion, waste, dissipation, bombast.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun A wandering beyond proper limits; an excursion or sally from the usual way, course, or limit.
  • noun The state of being extravagant, wild, or prodigal beyond bounds of propriety or duty; want of moderation; excess; especially, undue expenditure of money; vaid and superfluous expense; prodigality.

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

  • noun excessive or superfluous expenditure of money
  • noun prodigality as in extravagance of anger, love, expression, imagination, or demands.

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

  • noun excessive spending
  • noun the trait of spending extravagantly
  • noun the quality of exceeding the appropriate limits of decorum or probability or truth


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From Medieval Latin extra + vagari ("to wander").


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