extravagant


extravagant
[14] An extravagant person is literally one who ‘wanders out of’ the proper course. The word comes from the present participle of medieval Latin extrāvagārī, a compound formed from the prefix extrā- ‘outside’ and vagārī ‘wander’ (source of English vagabond, vagary, and vagrant), which seems originally to have been used adjectivally with reference to certain uncodified or ‘stray’ papal decrees. This was the word’s original application in English, and the present-day meanings ‘wildly excessive’ and ‘spending too lavishly’ did not really establish themselves before the early 18th century. => VAGABOND, VAGARY, VAGRANT
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   The word derives from Medieval Latin extravagans, a form of the verb extravagari, literally 'to wander outside,' from extra, 'outside,' and vagari, 'to wander.' An extravagant person exceeds or 'wanders outside' accepted limits.

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  • extravagant — extravagant, ante [ ɛkstravagɑ̃, ɑ̃t ] adj. • 1380; lat. extravagans, de vagans, p. prés. du v. vagari « errer » 1 ♦ Dr. can. Vx Non incorporé dans les recueils canoniques. 2 ♦ (XVIe) Mod. Qui sort des limites du bon sens; qui est à la fois… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

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  • Extravagant — 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.] [1913 Webster] The… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • extravagant — Adj std. (18. Jh.) Entlehnung. Entlehnt aus frz. extravagant, dieses aus ml. extravagans, zu l. extrā außerhalb und l. vagārī umherschweifen, umherziehen , zu l. vagus umherschweifend, unstet . Abstraktum: Extravaganz.    Ebenso nndl. extravagant …   Etymologisches Wörterbuch der deutschen sprache

  • extravagant — Extravagant, [extravag]ante. adj. v. Fou, bizarre, fantasque, qui est contre le bon sens, contre la raison. Il se dit des personnes, & des choses. C est un homme extravagant. discours extravagant. pensées, paroles extravagantes. ce qu il vient de …   Dictionnaire de l'Académie française

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  • extravagant — [ek strav′əgənt, ik strav′əgənt] adj. [ME & Anglo Fr extravagaunt < ML extravagans, prp. of extravagari, to stray < L extra, beyond + vagari, to wander < vagus: see VAGUE] 1. Obs. straying beyond bounds; wandering 2. going beyond… …   English World dictionary

  • extravagant — »überspannt, verstiegen, übertrieben«: Das Adjektiv wurde im 18. Jh. aus frz. extravagant »ab , ausschweifend« entlehnt. Das frz. Wort geht zurück auf mlat. extravagans, das zu lat. extra vagari »ausschweifen« (vgl. ↑ extra und ↑ vage) gehört.… …   Das Herkunftswörterbuch

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