• WordNet 3.6
    • n exorbitance excessive excess
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Exorbitance A going out of or beyond the usual or due limit; hence, enormity; extravagance; gross deviation from rule, right, or propriety; as, the exorbitances of the tongue or of deportment; exorbitance of demands. "A curb to your exorbitancies .""The lamentable exorbitances of their superstitions."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n exorbitance A going out of or beyond proper limits or bounds; transgression of normal limitations or restrictions; hence, inordinate extension or expansion; extravagant enlargement.
    • n exorbitance Extravagance in degree or amount; excessiveness; inordinateness: as, the exorbitance of desires, demands, or taxes.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • ns Exorbitance extravagance: enormity
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  • Joseph Addison
    “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.”


Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. exorbitans, -antis, pr.p. of exorbitāreex, out of, orbita, a track—orbis, a circle.


In literature:

A widow came to Mr. Lincoln and told him how an attorney had charged her an exorbitant fee for collecting her pension.
"The Story of Young Abraham Lincoln" by Wayne Whipple
Then ask a fair price, not one that is exorbitant.
"Chester Rand" by Horatio Alger, Jr
In spite of his fatness, however, he was immaculate in European clothing; he charged exorbitantly and achieved extraordinary results.
"Mistress Anne" by Temple Bailey
You see you have neither an exorbitant nor uncivil personage to deal with.
"Rookwood" by William Harrison Ainsworth
The skins were quickly sold to London buyers at exorbitant prices.
"Little Journeys to the Homes of the Great, Volume 11 (of 14)" by Elbert Hubbard
This exorbitant sum was a sore annoyance to all thrifty men, and indignantly did they rail and protest against it.
"Customs and Fashions in Old New England" by Alice Morse Earle
The demands were exorbitant, but sixteen prisoners were ransomed, and bargains were made for ten more.
"A Half Century of Conflict - Volume I" by Francis Parkman
At Messina the Sicilians charged the most exorbitant prices for every necessary of life.
"Memoirs of Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds" by Charles Mackay
Nor does greed allow anyone to be grateful, for a gift is never sufficient for its exorbitant expectations.
"The World's Greatest Books--Volume 14--Philosophy and Economics" by Various
Many of these are exorbitant and unreasonable.
"Ocean Steam Navigation and the Ocean Post" by Thomas Rainey
Stephen at once wished to buy it, but the terms were exorbitant.
"The Incomparable 29th and the "River Clyde"" by George Davidson
We landed, after a voyage of ten hours, and found welcome signs of civilisation in a neat but exorbitant inn.
"Northern Travel" by Bayard Taylor
If Mr. Brown is not too exorbitant in his prices, we had better put up here for the night.
"Ben's Nugget" by Horatio, Jr. Alger
And in spite of her mentioning an exorbitant sum, he silently wrote out the check for her.
"Polly and Eleanor" by Lillian Elizabeth Roy
I shall throw a sop to exorbitant demands rather than try to satisfy them.
"The Faust-Legend and Goethe's 'Faust'" by H. B. Cotterill
They will be offering us our own grub at exorbitant rates.
"The Motor Girls on Crystal Bay" by Margaret Penrose
The rents were placed at such an exorbitant figure that the demands could not be met.
"An Historical Account of the Settlements of Scotch Highlanders in America" by J. P. MacLean
At present, Batley's lending him money at exorbitant interest.
"The Long Portage" by Harold Bindloss
Pitt thought the demand exorbitant, and positively refused compliance.
"Critical and Historical Essays, Volume III (of 3)" by Thomas Babington Macaulay
This may seem high, but when certain facts in regard to the work are borne in mind it will not appear exorbitant.
"Tuskegee & Its People: Their Ideals and Achievements" by Various

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:

This Sunday, exorbitant new royalty rates for Internet radio outlets like Pandora and Yahoo are set to go into effect, a change that, many webcasters say, will force them out of business.
MADD's `exorbitant costs' anger charity's volunteers.
NEW YORK — Mayor Michael R Bloomberg hit the brakes Wednesday on a proposal to keep tourist-toting pedicabs from charging confusing, sometimes exorbitant rates.
But one thing's certain: All of us now have to spend exorbitant sums on insurance -- whether we ever need it or not.
MADD's `exorbitant costs ' anger charity's volunteers.
Middle Berkshire Reg ister of Deeds Andrea F Nuciforo Jr has asked the state Attorney General's office to stop a Washington, D.C.-based company from advertising to provide copies of deeds at exorbitant prices.
On one side, we're constantly told that if we don't slash spending immediately we'll end up just like Greece, unable to borrow except at exorbitant interest rates.
Looking back at Dotcom 's exorbitant lifestyle and willingness to break the rules, it's no surprise that he's made so many enemies.
He tells legislative leaders in a letter that he supports the goal of protecting flower shop owners from uncertain or exorbitant pricing from floral order facilitators, which act as middle men between consumers and florists .
As Hawker plunges forward into bankruptcy, their top "leaders" stand to have their already exorbitant salaries double so they will do their best.
Greedy pedicab drivers can no longer gouge customers with exorbitant hidden fees under a bill Mayor Bloomberg signed into law yesterday.
Though Nantucket 's downtown is filled with expensive (some say exorbitant) restaurants and elegant cocktail bars, the Massachusetts island still has a swagger.
The arrest warrant accuses Robert Gamble of improperly supervising and approving fraudulent or exorbitant expense reimbursements.
Naturally, those exorbitant salaries are passed right on to the customer.
Six decades later—even in the face of exorbitant spending on frivolities like high-end coffee and designer clothes—food and clothing accounted for only 16% of spending .