Definition of exorbitant in English:



  • (of a price or amount charged) unreasonably high.

    ‘some hotels charge exorbitant rates for phone calls’
    • ‘How can any businessperson justify charging such an exorbitant price for apple pie and tea?’
    • ‘They were concerned that elderly women living alone seemed to be targeted and charged exorbitant prices.’
    • ‘In fact, they must pay exorbitant prices for food, water and tools and end up working to pay this back for years.’
    • ‘Biogas has a tremendous future, due to the exorbitant increase of gasoline prices.’
    • ‘The government has accused white farmers of delaying land reform by demanding exorbitant prices for their property.’
    • ‘She quoted a price, exorbitant for the boondocks but which she guessed would be cheap for a city person.’
    • ‘And then I would get discounts, which is good, because the prices of rugs are exorbitant.’
    • ‘At present the price of land in the area has rocketed with some very exorbitant prices being paid for sites for houses.’
    • ‘Publicans admit they are ripping off customers with exorbitant prices for soft drinks.’
    • ‘He feared it would lead to a situation where private people allotted spaces at exorbitant prices to vehicle owners.’
    • ‘Over 35 per cent said they were taken to shops where the prices were exorbitant.’
    • ‘Word has it that the prices are so exorbitant because the taxi drivers have to give the resort a cut for operating there.’
    • ‘So, are you tired of paying exorbitant amounts for those dry little critters?’
    • ‘The casino rejected this amount as exorbitant and allowed her suit to continue.’
    • ‘The exorbitant rates charged at spas mean it is only for the A-list.’
    • ‘I promise that you will never again have to pay exorbitant amounts to get your children into med school.’
    • ‘Besides, shop owners charge an exorbitant rate for every thing they sell here.’
    • ‘They are just boring movie idols admired for their fashion sense and the exorbitant price tags of their weddings.’
    • ‘Who in their right mind would pay the exorbitant prices they charge for everything?’
    • ‘Most of the works are for sale, often at scarily exorbitant prices.’
    extortionate, excessively high, extremely high, excessive, sky-high, prohibitive, outrageous, unreasonable, preposterous, inordinate, immoderate, inflated, monstrous, unwarranted, unconscionable, huge, enormous, disproportionate
    punitive, ruinous
    expensive, extravagant
    over the odds
    criminal, steep, stiff, over the top, ott, costing an arm and a leg, costing a bomb, costing the earth, daylight robbery, a rip-off
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Late Middle English (originally describing a legal case that is outside the scope of a law): from late Latin exorbitant- going off the track, from exorbitare, from ex- out from + orbita course, track.