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!
    • 1915, Mrs. Belloc Lowndes, The Lodger, Ch.I:
      A great bargain also had been the excellent Axminster carpet which covered the floor; as, again, the arm-chair in which Bunting now sat forward, staring into the dull, small fire. In fact, that arm-chair had been an extravagance of Mrs. Bunting. She had wanted her husband to be comfortable after the day's work was done, and she had paid thirty-seven shillings for the chair.

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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.

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