Extravagance

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Extravagance Meaning and Definition from WordNet (r) 2.0
    extravagance n
  1. the quality of exceeding the appropriate limits of decorum or probability or truth; "we were surprised by the extravagance of his description" [syn: extravagancy]
  2. the trait of spending extravagantly [syn: prodigality, profligacy]
  3. excessive spending [syn: prodigality, lavishness, highlife, high life]
Extravagance Meaning and Definition from Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
    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.
  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. Some verses of my own, Maximin and Almanzor, cry vengeance on me for their extravagance. --Dryden. The income of three dukes was enough to supply her extravagance. --Arbuthnot. Syn: Wildness; irregularity; excess; prodigality; profusion; waste; lavishness; unreasonableness; recklessness.

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Wikipedia Meaning and Definition on 'Extravagance'


Eccentricity or extravagance is a word used to describe unusual behaviour in a person. People who have habits which people think is very strange may be called eccentric. Eccentric behaviour is not necessarily good or bad in itself.

Some clever people (geniuses) have behaviour which might be described as eccentric. It is not always clear whether behaviour is just eccentric or whether it is madness.

Famous people who were eccentric in their different ways include Albert Einstein, Nero, Ludwig II of Bavaria and Lord Berners.

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