extravagance

extravagance
[[t]ɪkstræ̱vəgəns[/t]]
extravagances
1) N-UNCOUNT Extravagance is the spending of more money than is reasonable or than you can afford.

...gross mismanagement and financial extravagance...

When the company went under, tales of his extravagance surged through the industry.

Syn:
overspending
2) N-COUNT An extravagance is something that you spend money on but cannot really afford.

Her only extravagance was horses...

Why waste money on such extravagances?


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  • extravagance — [ ɛkstravagɑ̃s ] n. f. • fin XVe ; de extravagant 1 ♦ État d une personne qui n a pas le sens commun. ⇒ déraison, insanité, folie. ♢ Caractère de ce qui est extravagant. ⇒ absurdité, bizarrerie. « Que son aîné fût amoureux expliquait l… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • 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… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • extravagance — Extravagance. s. f. v. Bizarrerie, folie. Il n y a pas moyen de le guerir de son extravagance. j ay pitié de son extravagance. il ne dit que des extravagances. sa conduite est pleine d extravagance …   Dictionnaire de l'Académie française

  • extravagance — 1640s, from Fr. extravagance, from L.L. extravagantem (see EXTRAVAGANT (Cf. extravagant)). Specifically of wasteful spending from 1727. Extravagancy is attested from c.1600 …   Etymology dictionary

  • extravagance — index exaggeration, hyperbole, misapplication, overstatement, rodomontade, waste Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • extravagance — фр. [экстравага/нс], англ. [икстра/вигэнс] Extravaganz нем. [экстравага/нц] экстравагантность, причудливость …   Словарь иностранных музыкальных терминов

  • extravagance — [n] indulgence; waste absurdity, amenity, dissipation, exaggeration, excess, exorbitance, expenditure, folly, frill, icing on the cake*, immoderation, improvidence, lavishness, luxury, outrageousness, overdoing, overindulgence, overspending,… …   New thesaurus

  • extravagance — n. pl. extravagancies [ek strav′ə gəns, ikstrav′ə gəns] n. [Fr: see EXTRAVAGANT] 1. a going beyond reasonable or proper limits in conduct or speech; unreasonable excess 2. a spending of more than is reasonable or necessary; excessive expenditure; …   English World dictionary

  • extravagance — (èk stra va gan s ) s. f. 1°   État de celui qui est extravagant. •   On fait quelquefois grâce à l impertinence en faveur de l extravagance, RETZ Mém. t. II, liv. III, p. 245, dans POUGENS. •   On dira que nos mystiques savent bien comme nous… …   Dictionnaire de la Langue Française d'Émile Littré

  • EXTRAVAGANCE — s. f. Bizarrerie, folie. Il n y a pas moyen de le guérir de son extravagance. J ai pitié de son extravagance.   Il signifie aussi, Action extravagante, discours extravagant. Il a fait une grande extravagance. Il a dit mille extravagances. Il nous …   Dictionnaire de l'Academie Francaise, 7eme edition (1835)

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