Definition of extravagant in English:



  • 1Lacking restraint in spending money or using resources.

    ‘it was rather extravagant to buy both’
    • ‘A troubled housing board in Bradford has suffered its third resignation with complaints being made about outstanding repairs and extravagant spending.’
    • ‘Profits were increasing, and newspapers were full of stories about the extravagant spending of the wealthy.’
    • ‘So extravagant, she buys her sons ponies, cars and throws parties that make them the envy of their friends.’
    • ‘Watch out for extravagant and impulsive spending.’
    • ‘When it comes to love, God is the great prodigal - extravagant, a spendthrift, and oblivious to cost.’
    • ‘During the late nineties, as the economy boomed, the city went on an especially extravagant spending spree.’
    • ‘The court had heard earlier how the three men were caught when Samuel went on an extravagant spending spree using fraudulent cards, splashing out on top-of-the-range cars and a luxury lifestyle.’
    • ‘While it will welcome the slower pace of growth in mortgage lending, it is concerned that individuals are borrowing for day-to-day spending for extravagant lifestyles.’
    • ‘‘I am always anxious that if my husband is laid off one day, how can we support his extravagant spending behaviour,’ she said.’
    • ‘Only the common people, who benefited from his extravagant spending, lamented his death.’
    • ‘This relates to the extravagant spending also; if a public institution wants to be funded through taxpayer money, they must be accountable and transparent with how they spend it.’
    • ‘I also did not feel any remorse at the extravagant spending of the evening.’
    • ‘The twice-wed star enjoyed an extravagant spending spree at an exclusive Hollywood store, where she bought designer baby wear for a newborn girl’
    • ‘Examples of extravagant spending included an £88,000 reception desk and £663,000 worth of television facilities.’
    • ‘Creative outreach and youth programming is more a matter of creativity than extravagant spending.’
    • ‘I'm much more certain about the Chancellor's latest wheeze for grabbing more money to fund his extravagant spending plans.’
    • ‘Don't we feel happy when we read that someone who has everything they could possibly want uses it to make others happy - instead of on some extravagant spending spree?’
    • ‘Many programmers have yanked their exhibitions after years of extravagant spending to woo operators.’
    • ‘She got a taste of the Hollywood lifestyle immediately after their wedding, when he whisked her away to the Big Apple for an extravagant spending spree.’
    • ‘After more than a year of extravagant online spending, scores of advertisers who've used the metrics are looking over the results and wondering what went wrong.’
    spendthrift, profligate, unthrifty, thriftless, improvident, wasteful, free-spending, prodigal, squandering, lavish
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    1. 1.1Costing too much money.
      ‘extravagant gifts like computer games’
      • ‘The two tiny bundles that arrived unexpectedly on Debbie Badger's 34th birthday were more precious than the most extravagant gift.’
      • ‘She was extremely generous in the extravagant presents she bought for them.’
      • ‘Production resources will not be extravagant.’
      • ‘Guest after guest has given me one extravagant gift after the other.’
      • ‘That inquiry was sparked by reports in the Los Angeles Times about Munitz's alleged extravagant travel and spending.’
      • ‘They regularly shower their friends with wildly extravagant gifts, kindnesses which Phillip and Alice could never hope to return or repay.’
      • ‘No need for extravagant gifts, but I can haul out the decorations and tree.’
      • ‘She receives many extravagant and special gifts to help her raise her child.’
      • ‘Most women she knew would've been thrilled to receive such an extravagant gift, yet she found she couldn't care less about it, just an excuse to show off how much money he had.’
      • ‘Then others, too, can be so nourished, receiving that extravagant gift that is both utterly free and costs not less than everything.’
      • ‘And neither family would have the money to buy SUV's, extravagant birthday parties and cable television.’
      • ‘Instead I bought lots of extravagant chocolates for them.’
      • ‘While you prove to be great at managing your home, you give in to some extravagant buys.’
      • ‘The most extravagant gift you could give a friend is some type of heavy gardening equipment.’
      • ‘Your wealth will increase manifold but try not to give in to extravagant and impulsive buys.’
      • ‘But you can understand that I cannot accept such an extravagant and thoughtful gift.’
      • ‘What's the most extravagant thing you've bought yourself since you started acting?’
      • ‘This determination led to more gifts that were increasingly extravagant, and poems being left in more public and prominent places.’
      • ‘Clothes, diapers, bottles and every accessory both useful and extravagant, were bought.’
      • ‘This was interpreted to mean: women feel confident that they have found a strong and committed mate when they receive an extravagant gift.’
      expensive, costly, dear, high-priced, high-cost, big-budget, exorbitant, extortionate, overpriced
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    2. 1.2Exceeding what is reasonable or appropriate; absurd.
      ‘extravagant claims for its effectiveness’
      • ‘Of course these grown-up versions, which make extravagant claims on their elegant packaging, cost twice as much as the baby ones.’
      • ‘The deaths of the powerful elicit extravagant claims, and many of the tributes to the man being buried in Rome today have been little short of grotesque.’
      • ‘Consumer watchdogs in York have warned residents to steer clear of emails making extravagant claims about unrealistic earnings.’
      • ‘Rudd's extravagant claim was made in the uncomplicated environs of home turf but was equally ill-advised.’
      • ‘And a few lines further on he specifies Christianity as the most extravagant elaboration of the moral theme that humanity has ever heard.’
      • ‘Be wary of ‘natural’ or herbal remedies making extravagant claims to treat symptoms of menopause.’
      • ‘But the Prime Minister was immediately rounded on for making extravagant claims and for misusing statistics.’
      • ‘If he does, Horne, who eschews unrealistic targets and makes no extravagant claims, will return home a contented man.’
      • ‘Buoyant and watchable stuff, though I've now got to confess to a slight, sinking sense of disappointment with this trilogy, for which such extravagant claims have been made.’
      • ‘This in spite of his Nobel colleague Steven Weinberg's extravagant claim that physics can act as a moral and cultural force!’
      • ‘Later, when the publicity had died down and independent researchers take a more dispassionate view of the outcomes of treatment over a longer period, the extravagant claims cannot be sustained.’
      • ‘Journalists with little understanding of science are easily persuaded by extravagant claims made by a charismatic researcher and his supporters.’
      • ‘He made extravagant claims of evidence that revealed hundreds of known communists in government, the media and the film industry.’
      • ‘So far, the Home Secretary has been exemplary, grabbing no emergency powers and making no extravagant claims for ID cards.’
      • ‘However, the continuing rows between the USA and Europe over the court's jurisdiction call these extravagant claims into question.’
      • ‘His claims became more extravagant and he used oil as a weapon:’
      • ‘Walt Whitman made extravagant claims to immortality.’
      • ‘I am not making extravagant claims for immigration.’
      • ‘The history of western commentaries on ancient Mesoamerican objects is full of extravagant claims made on the basis of such meaningless formal convergences.’
      • ‘You won't be believed but your extravagant claims might be passed around the office to lighten the dark winter months.’
      ornate, elaborate, decorated, embellished, adorned, ornamented, fancy
      excessive, immoderate, exaggerated, gushing, gushy, unrestrained, unreserved, effusive, fulsome
      exorbitant, extortionate, excessive, high, unreasonable, outrageous, undue, uncalled for, extreme, inordinate, unwarranted, unnecessary, needless, disproportionate, too much
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Late Middle English (in the sense unusual, abnormal, unsuitable): from medieval Latin extravagant- diverging greatly from the verb extravagari, from Latin extra- outside + vagari wander.