Definition of extravagance in English:



mass noun
  • 1Lack of restraint in spending money or using resources.

    ‘his reckless extravagance with other people's money’
    • ‘In reckless extravagance he outdid the prodigals of all times in ingenuity… and set before his guests loaves and meats of gold, declaring that a man ought either to be frugal or be Caesar.’
    • ‘‘The problems of formalism, bureaucracy, dishonesty, extravagance and waste are relatively severe,’ he told the legislature session.’
    • ‘Impulsiveness, impatience, senseless rebellion, and extravagance are the traits that so often undermine their work and dreams.’
    • ‘Even so, it has left me with a sense of unease about waste, especially in this industry where extravagance is so normal.’
    • ‘Yesterday the Environment Agency advised against extravagance with ‘a precious resource’ but stressed there was no serious cause for concern.’
    • ‘I think extravagance is wasted on ourselves and should always be directed at other people.’
    • ‘During his lifetime, Fitzgerald's reputation for extravagance and dissipation affected assessments of his writings.’
    • ‘And extravagance and waste prevailing on campus has seldom, if at all, been addressed as a pressing issue.’
    • ‘The probe found vast waste, extravagance, and hoarding.’
    • ‘He is, to this day, associated with extravagance and regal lavishness.’
    • ‘It is not just a case of eliminating extravagance and waste, we have got to manage the budget and be even more efficient.’
    • ‘It was a classic left-wing promise, because we have seen more extravagance and more waste under this Government than I have ever seen in my lifetime.’
    • ‘People surround their houses with frilly plants and especially with lawns - an astonishingly costly national extravagance.’
    • ‘This is the harvest one reaps when one sows in extravagance and dissipation.’
    • ‘While always treating James with deference, Cecil urged him to curtail his extravagance and also to restrain his partiality for Scots advisers and companions.’
    • ‘We are going to end the culture of extravagance and waste, because New Zealanders have had enough.’
    • ‘For all its richness and extravagance, the hospital hotel lacked warmth.’
    • ‘Peter Stringer has occasionally been charged with a lack of extravagance behind the scrum, but his antennae are never down.’
    • ‘The big unknown for hotels and restaurants that had factored corporate extravagance into their plans is how much spending will be reined in.’
    • ‘But the appearance of financial cronyism, allied to the vexed issue of government extravagance on failing computer systems, does not sit well with the chancellor's austere image.’
    profligacy, lack of thrift, unthriftiness, thriftlessness, improvidence, wastefulness, waste, overspending, prodigality, squandering, lavishness
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    1. 1.1count noun A thing on which too much money has been spent or which has used up too many resources.
      ‘salmon trout is an unnecessary extravagance’
      • ‘When you feel that everyone at the office has noticed your miserly and cheap behavior, start to make them feel guilty about their own extravagances.’
      • ‘She redeemed her extravagances by their consequences.’
      • ‘The extravagances of his palaces have also been given an airing.’
      • ‘Lottery money has to be sought, not for luxuries or extravagances, but to maintain parks and public areas.’
      • ‘The schools barely have enough money for a fully equipped football team, and they certainly have no money for extravagances like bus yards.’
      • ‘Often, this extra spending is on luxuries and wasteful extravagances - small things that add up to thousands in the long run.’
      • ‘For some, it could have been an impossible dream gathering dust in the corner of their minds, remembered fondly as one of the extravagances of childhood.’
      • ‘Maybe that's why when we reach a certain age, we're supposed to confine such extravagances to birthdays, weddings and Christmas.’
      • ‘I'm lucky to have friends who have wonderful extravagances, so it's possible on a fine summer's day to be taken on a splendid motor launch to lunch at Beaulieu on the river.’
      • ‘Mainly, these are harmless extravagances if the bank balance can cope.’
      • ‘The times of such architectural extravagances as turrets are passing.’
      • ‘We should mind little things - little courtesies in life, little matters of personal appearance, little extravagances, little minutes of wasted time, little details in our work.’
      • ‘The glamour, the hype, the fame, the extravagances, and, above all, the money - all of these combine to create a world many young boys wish to inhabit.’
      • ‘People are traveling less, not spending money on extravagances and looking to be with their family all helps to support our business model.’
      • ‘His extravagances are the horses they keep on a couple of acres in Surrey.’
      • ‘One of the many extravagances of the Constitution was to convert a large number of workers such as university lecturers, scientific researchers and other technical officers into civil servants.’
      • ‘Before I get lots of nasty letters about expat extravagances, I tell you now Bulgarians would embrace many of these business enterprises.’
      • ‘But given the abject poverty Miller grew up in, it's hard to fault him for his extravagances.’
      • ‘Smith refers to one of hedonistic King George's most legendary extravagances.’
      • ‘Until the very end he was famous for extravagances and spent millions on yachts, helicopters, planes and homes around the world, including an $11m apartment in New York whose furnishings are the source of his current tax problems.’
      luxury, indulgence, self-indulgence, comfort, treat, extra, non-essential, frill, refinement
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    2. 1.2 Excessive elaboration.
      ‘the extravagance of the decor’
      • ‘I got bored with extravagance, the time wasting and delaying, the speeches that were so horrendously long… it was enough to make any real person want to sleep for an eternity.’
      • ‘When you shear it of all its pomp and extravagance, when you whittle it down to the very basics of musical comedy plotting, Half a Sixpence should work like a lucky charm.’
      • ‘The same could be said of my bedroom, which lacks the extravagance I would expect at these prices.’
      • ‘They range from lovely, understated elegance and simplicity to wild extravagance.’
      • ‘They seem to be giant physical manifestations of a kind of extravagance, or excessiveness, a breaking out of boundaries, form, and structure.’
      • ‘The degree of excess and extravagance seemed over the top in even the most subdued tiki bar.’
      • ‘They rely upon a language of ‘verbal extravagance and outrageousness’.’
      • ‘Curtis sits in the director's chair for the first time and seems willing to commit to film his whole romantic scrapbook with sporting extravagance.’
      • ‘Easter (in March or April) is the most important religious holiday and is highly revered by the Russian Orthodox Church with elaborate rituals and extravagance.’
      • ‘But to get back to the question of a gay sensibility: cliche has us believe that amongst its ingredients are flamboyance, showiness, excess and extravagance.’
      • ‘The lack of eastern extravagance promises good things.’
      • ‘Godwin and Mill both wrote with Burkean extravagance about Hastings's disastrous effect on English national character.’
      ornateness, elaborateness, decoration, embellishment, adornment, ornamentation, showiness
      excessiveness, exaggeration, exaggeratedness, unreservedness, outrageousness, immoderation
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Mid 17th century: from French, from medieval Latin extravagant- ‘diverging greatly’, from the verb extravagari (see extravagant).