Exorbitate

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • v. i Exorbitate To go out of the track; to deviate.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • exorbitate To go beyond the usual track or orbit; deviate from the usual limit.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.i Exorbitate to stray
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Quotations

  • Joseph Addison
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    “No oppression is so heavy or lasting as that which is inflicted by the perversion and exorbitance of legal authority.”
  • David Ogilvy
    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.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L.exorbitatus, p. p. of exorbitare,. See Exorbitant
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. exorbitans, -antis, pr.p. of exorbitāreex, out of, orbita, a track—orbis, a circle.

Usage

In literature:

Besides, the price of the box seats is exorbitant.
"Heart's Desire" by Emerson Hough
If I knew of any real efficient office which did possess exorbitant emoluments, I should be extremely desirous of reducing them.
"The Works of the Right Honourable Edmund Burke, Vol. II. (of 12)" by Edmund Burke
Rents are in consequence exorbitantly high.
"Statistical, Historical and Political Description of the Colony of New South Wales and its Dependent Settlements in Van Diemen's Land" by William Charles Wentworth
The exorbitant taxes of Great Britain and the United States were results of war.
"T. De Witt Talmage" by T. De Witt Talmage
I do not make an exorbitant demand, surely.
"The Atlantic Monthly, Vol. 12, No. 72, October, 1863" by Various
I tried to interfere, as she was giving the postilion an exorbitant sum.
"Lippincott's Magazine of Popular Literature and Science, Vol. XXVI., December, 1880." by Various
The proposal is so far from being exorbitant, that it should be trebled if I had not a fellow-feeling in the cause.
"Jack Sheppard" by William Harrison Ainsworth
Living expenses were high and rents exorbitant.
"Bought and Paid For" by Arthur Hornblow
Interest was then to communities at the same exorbitant rate as to individuals.
"The Works of the Right Honourable Edmund Burke, Vol. VII. (of 12)" by Edmund Burke
As he cared a very great deal for his stomach, his demands upon his friends were exorbitant and continuous.
"Richard Wagner" by John F. Runciman
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In poetry:

Oh, for a drink, to-night,
Mixed by some god of might,
A draught of strange device,
Though of exorbitant price,
To give this tortured soul
The calmness of control!
"Charmion's Lament" by Eloise Alberta Bibb

In news:

Only a few years ago, the two biggest challenges that foreign visitors faced in Tokyo were exorbitant prices and a language barrier.
Notable deaths in arts, A to M. MADD's ` exorbitant costs' anger charity's volunteers.
Unions, watchdog groups renew call for capping ' exorbitant ' contractor salaries.
No End to Exorbitant CEO Exit Packages.
We Must Protect Families from Exorbitant Loan Rates.
McGinn condemns $800 tow fee as ' exorbitant .
Ensign's office says Hampton made ' exorbitant demands.
Exorbitant Tuition Increases Hurt US Economy.
3) Cost of running the Congress, where each member spends exorbitant amounts: Compare the cost of British Members of Parliament, or any other civilized nation.
Report cites 'exorbitant tuition, aggressive student recruiting and abysmal student outcomes'.
Why are people willing to pay exorbitant prices for gourmet foods like the "Doucheburger'".
Exhibitors complain bitterly not only about archaic work rules and confusing jurisdictions at many union facilities, but also about exorbitant hourly rates for many union workers.
The existing employees' pension contract is exorbitant, and reflects an economic climate that, alas, no longer exists.
As Hawker plunges forward into bankruptcy, their top "leaders" stand to have their already exorbitant salaries double so they will do their best.
Molière's 1673 comedy, "Imaginary Invalid ," skewers quack doctors, exorbitant medical bills and gullible patients in ways that are relevant to today's health care issues.
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