extravagance

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From French extravagance, from Medieval Latin extra + vagari (to wander).

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extravagance (plural extravagances)

  1. excessive or superfluous expenditure of money
  2. prodigality as in extravagance of anger, love, expression, imagination, or demands.
    • They spared nothing in obtaining extravagances for each other. Everything was lavish and wildly in excess. They were in love!

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extravagance f (plural extravagances)

  1. extravagance
    • 1837 Louis Viardot, L’Ingénieux Hidalgo Don Quichotte de la Manchefr.Wikisource, translation of El ingenioso hidalgo Don Quijote de la Mancha by Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra, Chapter I:
      Sa curiosité et son extravagance arrivèrent à ce point qu’il vendit plusieurs arpents de bonnes terres à labourer pour acheter des livres de chevalerie à lire.
      His curiosity and his extravagance came to the point that he sold several arpents of good working land to buy books of chivalry to read.