What does exorbitant mean?

Definitions for exorbitant
ɪgˈzɔr bɪ təntex·or·bi·tant

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. exorbitant, extortionate, outrageous, steep, unconscionable, usuriousadjective

    greatly exceeding bounds of reason or moderation

    "exorbitant rent"; "extortionate prices"; "spends an outrageous amount on entertainment"; "usurious interest rate"; "unconscionable spending"


  1. exorbitantadjective

    exceeding proper limits; extravagant; excessive or unduly high

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Exorbitantadjective

    Etymology: ex and orbito, Latin.

    What signifies the fiction of the tortoise riding upon the wings of the wind, but to prescribe bounds and measures to our exorbitant passions? Roger L'Estrange.

    These phenomena are not peculiar to the earthquakes which have happened in our times, but have been observed in all ages, and particularly those exorbitant commotions of the waters of the globe. John Woodward, Natural History.

    The Jews, who had laws so particularly determining in all affairs what to do, were notwithstanding continually inured with causes exorbitant, and such as their laws had not provided for. Richard Hooker, b. iii. s. 11.

    Their subjects would live in great plenty, were not the impositions so very exorbitant; for the courts are too splendid for the territories. Joseph Addison, Remarks on Italy.

    So endless and exorbitant are the desires of men, that they will grasp at all, and can form no scheme of perfect happiness with less. Jonathan Swift, on the Dissentions in Athens and Rome.


  1. exorbitant

    Exorbitant generally refers to a price or amount of money that is extremely high, unreasonably expensive or excessive. It can also be used more broadly to describe anything that is excessively high, intense, or extravagant.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Exorbitantadjective

    departing from an orbit or usual track; hence, deviating from the usual or due course; going beyond the appointed rules or established limits of right or propriety; excessive; extravagant; enormous; inordinate; as, exorbitant appetites and passions; exorbitant charges, demands, or claims

  2. Exorbitantadjective

    not comprehended in a settled rule or method; anomalous

  3. Etymology: [L. exorbitans, -antis, p. pr. of exorbitare to go out of the track; ex out + orbita track: cf. F. exorbitant. See Orbit.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Exorbitant

    egz-or′bi-tant, adj. going beyond the usual limits: excessive.—ns. Exor′bitance, Exor′bitancy, extravagance: enormity.—adv. Exor′bitantly.—v.i. Exor′bitāte, to stray. [L. exorbitans, -antis, pr.p. of exorbitāreex, out of, orbita, a track—orbis, a circle.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of exorbitant in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of exorbitant in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Examples of exorbitant in a Sentence

  1. David Ogilvy:

    Set exorbitant standards, and give your people hell when they don't live up to them. There is nothing so demoralizing as a boss who tolerates second rate work.

  2. EducationBusiness:

    Most private schools across India have not paid salaries to their teachers in the last few months in spite of fact that these were giving peanuts remuneration to their teaching faculty and charging exorbitant fees from the students before lockdown. What punitive action has been taken against such inhumane management and erring institutions ?

  3. Wilhelmina Delco:

    It's a discovery, and now newcomers are getting exorbitant prices for the homes, and that drives up the cost.

  4. Letitia James:

    Hedge funds are charging exorbitant fees for high-risk and opaque investments.

  5. Douglas MacArthur:

    Our government has kept us in a perpetual state of fear -­ kept us in a continuous stampede of patriotic fervor ­- with the cry of grave national emergency. Always, there has been some terrible evil at home, or some monstrous foreign power that was going to gobble us up if we did not blindly rally behind it by furnishing the exorbitant sums demanded. Yet, in retrospect, these disasters seem never to have happened, seem never to have been quite real.

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