(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.
(Ex*trav"a*gan*cy) n.; pl. Extravagancies Extravagance.
(Ex*trav"a*gant) a. [F. extravagant, fr. L. extra on the outside + vagans, -antis, p. pr. of
vagari to wander, from vagus wandering, vague. See Vague.]
1. Wandering beyond one's bounds; roving; hence, foreign. [Obs.]
The extravagant and erring spirit hiesShak.
To his confine.
2. Exceeding due bounds; wild; excessive; unrestrained; as, extravagant acts, wishes, praise, abuse.
There appears something nobly wild and extravagant in great natural geniuses.Addison.
3. Profuse in expenditure; prodigal; wasteful; as, an extravagant man. "Extravagant expense." Bancroft.
1. One who is confined to no general rule. L'Estrange.
2. pl. (Eccl. Hist.) Certain constitutions or decretal epistles, not at first included with others, but subsequently
made a part of the canon law.