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Definition of "extravagance" []

  • The quality of being extravagant. (noun)
  • Immoderate expense or display. (noun)
  • Something extravagant. See Synonyms at luxury. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "extravagance" in a sentence
  • "She had not loved her supposed father and mother, who had interfered with her pleasure, disapproving of what they called her extravagance and frivolity ...."
  • "Presently, encouraged by my lamb-like reticence, Alice began to complain gently of what she termed my extravagance, and finally she fell into the pernicious practice of berating me roundly for neglecting my family for the selfish -- yes, the cruel -- gratification of a foolish fad, and then she would weep and gather up the two boys and wonder how soon we should all be in the poorhouse."
  • "He pinches me in money matters so closely, and grumbles so eternally at what he calls my extravagance, that I'm out of all patience."