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  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj extravagant unrestrained, especially with regard to feelings "extravagant praise","exuberant compliments","overweening ambition","overweening greed"
    • adj extravagant recklessly wasteful "prodigal in their expenditures"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Extravagant (Eccl. Hist) Certain constitutions or decretal epistles, not at first included with others, but subsequently made a part of the canon law.
    • Extravagant Exceeding due bounds; wild; excessive; unrestrained; as, extravagant acts, wishes, praise, abuse. "There appears something nobly wild and extravagant in great natural geniuses."
    • Extravagant One who is confined to no general rule.
    • Extravagant Profuse in expenditure; prodigal; wasteful; as, an extravagant man. "Extravagant expense."
    • Extravagant Wandering beyond one's bounds; roving; hence, foreign. "The extravagant and erring spirit hies
      To his confine."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • extravagant Wandering beyond bounds or out of the regular course; straying.
    • extravagant Exceeding just or reasonable limits; excessive; exorbitant; unreasonable; lavish: as, the demands or desires of men are often extravagant; extravagant living or expenditure.
    • extravagant Not comprised within ordinary limits of truth, probability, or propriety; irregular; wild; fantastic: as, extravagant flights of fancy.
    • extravagant Exceeding necessity or prudence in expenditure; wasteful; prodigal; profuse: as, an extravagant purchase; an extravagant man.
    • extravagant Synonyms and Inordinate, exorbitant, unconscionable, absurd.
    • extravagant Extravagant, Profuse, Lavish, Wasteful, Prodigal, reckless. Extravagant and prodigal refer more often to habits or character, the others to acts. All apply to that which is immoderate or unreasonable in quantity or degree; wasteful to that which is injuriously so. One may be extravagant or wasteful with a small sum; it requires a large sum to enable one to be profuse, lavish, or prodigal. Lavish is stronger than profuse. Prodigal, perhaps from association with the prodigal son of Luke xv. 11-32, suggests most of immorality and reprobation. All these words have lighter figurative uses.
    • n extravagant One who wanders about; a vagrant; a vagabond.
    • n extravagant One who is confined to no general rule; an eccentric.
    • n extravagant plural A part of the body of canon law: as, the Extravagants of John XXII. and the Extravagantes communes of other popes: so called because they treated of matters not in the decretals (extra decretum vagabantur).
    • n extravagant A collection of Jewish traditions, published at the end of the second century.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Extravagant eks-trav′a-gant wandering beyond bounds: irregular: unrestrained: excessive: profuse in expenses: wasteful
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  • Marcus Valerius Martial
    “Rarity gives a charm; so early fruits and winter roses are the most prized; and coyness sets off an extravagant mistress, while the door always open tempts no suitor.”
  • Oscar Wilde
    “Where there is no extravagance there is no love, and where there is no love there is no understanding.”
  • Charles Caleb Colton
    “Avarice has ruined more souls than extravagance.”
  • Ralph Waldo Emerson
    “Be true to your own act and congratulate yourself if you have done something strange and extravagant to break the monotony of a decorous age.”
  • Motto
    “Impatience is the cause of most of our irregularities and extravagances Command by obeying.”
  • Massaru Ibuka
    Massaru Ibuka
    “We Japanese enjoy the small pleasures, not extravagance. I believe a man should have a simple lifestyle -- even if he can afford more.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. extravagant, fr. L. extra, on the outside + vagans, -antis, p. pr. of vagari, to wander, from vagus, wandering, vague. See Vague
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. extra, beyond, vagans, -antis, pr.p. of vagāri, to wander.


In literature:

From day to day her little store of bravery had been drawn upon, extravagantly.
"The Genius" by Margaret Horton Potter
The principles and exercises advocated in this book are not extravagant.
"How to Add Ten Years to your Life and to Double Its Satisfactions" by S. S. Curry
If I use extravagant, vain words, I beg the reader to pardon me.
"Memoirs" by Charles Godfrey Leland
There are extravagances in every period of transition.
"The Task of Social Hygiene" by Havelock Ellis
Sometimes I think I am partly to blame for your extravagance.
"The Lure of the Mask" by Harold MacGrath
It is not only such boldness that is to be reprehended, but extravagance of costume.
"The Wedding Ring" by T. De Witt Talmage
Eliza and I have often regretted that you and Kathie have such extravagant ways.
"The Lady of the Basement Flat" by Mrs. George de Horne Vaizey
The letter was charming in its slight extravagance.
"The History of Sir Richard Calmady" by Lucas Malet
Again I fell on one knee, prepared to offer her formal homage in a sweet extravagance.
"The King's Mirror" by Anthony Hope
Are you so extravagant in clothes, Sir Joseph?
"The Comedies of William Congreve Volume 1 [of 2]" by William Congreve
The extravagances of fashion run through all grades of civilization.
"Folkways" by William Graham Sumner
The lawful revenues of the popes were insufficient to gratify their extravagance and pomp.
"A Modern History, From the Time of Luther to the Fall of Napoleon" by John Lord
That there was some corruption and more extravagance, I have no doubt.
"The Negro and the Nation" by George S. Merriam
For my part, I think young men are just as extravagant.
"Household Papers and Stories" by Harriet Beecher Stowe
Industry is not mortified by the splendid extravagance of a court rioting at its expense.
"The Writings Of Thomas Paine, Complete" by Thomas Paine
Wilberforce's unscrupulous party statement, that Mrs. Clark was a low, vulgar, and extravagant woman, was entirely untrue.
"Old and New London" by Walter Thornbury
It is usual for kings in fairy stories to be extravagant in queens.
"Stories from Tagore" by Rabindranath Tagore
This expenditure frightened him from buying any more pictures that afternoon and seemed a violent and sudden extravagance.
"Sinister Street, vol. 2" by Compton Mackenzie
Goods at most extravagant prices.
"Familiar Letters of John Adams and His Wife Abigail Adams During the Revolution" by John Adams
Of course I am extravagant!
"Capricious Caroline" by E. Maria Albanesi

In poetry:

"The Commonwealth's extravagance" -
"Hold on," I said, "hold on!
A fool could tell you at a glance
Where all the money's gone.
"Another Fusion" by C J Dennis
I say, Fear not! life still
Leaves human effort scope.
But, since life teems with ill,
Nurse no extravagant hope.
Because thou must not dream, thou need'st not then despair.
"From the Hymn of Empedocles" by Matthew Arnold
Now I'm sorry to say that young Emily Jane
Was disposed to be rather conceited and vain;
In fact, for the truth I'm obliged to confess,
Was decidedly fond of extravagant dress.
"Bedfordshire Ballad - I" by E W Bowling
"Ned sinneth in extravagance,
And you in greedy lust."
("I' faith," says Ned, "our father
Is less polite than just.")
"In you, son Tom, I've confidence,
But Ned I cannot trust.
"The King Of Brentford’s Testament" by William Makepeace Thackeray
I'm sure if they knew what a sin 't is to eat,
When things are all selling at extravagant prices,
That poor folks more saving would be of their meat,
And learn by example how little suffices.
"Mrs. Merdle At Home" by Horatio Alger Jr
Who covets fame should ne'er be over nice,
Some slight distortion pays the market price.
If haply lam'd by some propitious chance,
Instruct in attitude, or teach to dance;
Be still extravagant in deed, or word;
If new, enough, no matter how absurd.
"Eccentricity" by Washington Allston

In news:

Working a high-paying job can help you buy extravagant gifts for women, but being stressed out is likely to be a turn-off for them.
A wall of unfamiliar labels, obscure descriptions and extravagantly wine-schooled patrons can evoke a nagging vertigo.
Extravagant custom cakes are the specialty of Silver Frog Cakes (914-356-3232.
I remember thinking we'd never have one because you'd have to be really rich to legitimately afford something so extravagant.
This gorgeous, extravagant, two-tiered Oakland theater is an Art Deco wonder with thick paisley carpeting and a booming sound system.
In Las Vegas, one extravagant 9,000 calorie burger promises to live up to its notorious name.
Extravagant gifts likely in Neiman Marcus' catalog .
WILKES-BARRE – With 60 cellphones and 330 employees, is Wilkes-Barre extravagant or frugal in providing mobile connectivity.
In trying to define the classic Hedwig look—the arched, pencil-thin eyebrows, the red glittered lips, the blond wig with extravagant front flips—Mike Potter fishes around in his memory and plucks out remnant concepts.
Commercials range from basic to extravagant.
Commercials range from basic to extravagant.
It isn't very long, the houses aren't extravagant, and some have similar structures.
You can find extravagant displays at craft and holiday shops.
Webster's Dictionary says that "worship" takes place when we have an extravagant respect or admiration for or devotion to an object of esteem.
The Le Burger Extravagant, at Serendipity 3 in Manhattan's Upper East Side will cost you 295 dollars .

In science:

Thus the Deutsch-Hayden picture, taken ontologically, would seem to be extremely, perhaps implausibly, extravagant in the structure it uses to depict a single world.
Nonlocality and information flow: The approach of Deutsch and Hayden
Note that the feeling that an explanation of this somewhat extravagant form is required would seem to be motivated by a picture in which information is a particular, or substance; which, it has been suggested, is misplaced.
Nonlocality and information flow: The approach of Deutsch and Hayden
This synthetic introduction may sound a little extravagant.
The Fractal Structure of Matter and the Casimir Effect
Wildness manifests in lower bounds on ǫ (δ), expressing that ǫ (δ) is extravagantly larger than δ when δ is close to 0.
Cannon-Thurston maps, subgroup distortion, and hyperbolic hydra
Memory is solely in the quasi-classical wave packet that effectively guides them, while the other myriads of “empty” Everett world components (criticized for being “extravagant” by Bell) exist as well in Bohm’s theory.
Decoherence: Basic Concepts and Their Interpretation
If one wishes to keep not extravagantly low α’s one must add mass to the disc during outburst as proposed by Hameury et al. (1997).
The disc instability model of dwarf-novae and low-mass X-ray binary transients
These deviations, if they persist, could be accommodated by non-extravagant extensions of the standard model.
Conference Summary
Up to this point, Nielsen and Ninomiya’s theory, although extravagant, is completely scientific.
LHC card games: bringing about retrocausality?
In Ostwald’s classification romantic physicists loved atoms and their curious properties, while classical physicists distrusted what they considered extravagant departures from conventional physics in the search for a quantum theory.
Summary; Inflation and Traditions of Research