Extravagance Ex*trav"a*gance, n. [Cf. F. extravagance. See {Extravagant}, and cf. {Extravaganza}.] 1. A wandering beyond proper limits; an excursion or sally from the usual way, course, or limit. [1913 Webster]

2. The state of being extravagant, wild, or prodigal beyond bounds of propriety or duty; want of moderation; excess; especially, undue expenditure of money; vaid and superfluous expense; prodigality; as, extravagance of anger, love, expression, imagination, demands. [1913 Webster]

Some verses of my own, Maximin and Almanzor, cry vengeance on me for their extravagance. --Dryden. [1913 Webster]

The income of three dukes was enough to supply her extravagance. --Arbuthnot.

Syn: Wildness; irregularity; excess; prodigality; profusion; waste; lavishness; unreasonableness; recklessness. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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