Origin of exorbitantMiddle English from Classical Latin exorbitans, present participle of exorbitare, to go out of the track from ex-, out + orbita, a track, orbit
The definition of exorbitant is something that is excessive or goes beyond reasonable.
An example of exorbitant is the price of a dress that is too high as compared to similar dresses.
going beyond what is reasonable, just, proper, usual, etc.; excessive; extravagant: said esp. of charges, prices, etc.
Going beyond what is reasonable or customary, especially in cost or price: exorbitant rent; exorbitant telephone bills.
Origin of exorbitantMiddle English aberrant, flagrant from Old French excessive, extreme from Late Latin exorbitāns exorbitant- present participle of exorbitāre to deviate Latin ex- ex- Latin orbita path, track ; see orbit .
(comparative more exorbitant, superlative most exorbitant)
- It was exorbitant and vexatious.
- A terrible struggle arose between these obviously exorbitant demands and the resistance which they provoked.
- The corn-growers and the revenue collectors were ruined by exorbitant imposts or by the iniquitous cancelling of contracts; temples and private houses were robbed of their works of art; and the rights of Roman citizens were disregarded.
- To such the State renders comparatively small service, and a slight tax is wont to appear exorbitant, particularly if they are obliged to earn it by special labor with their hands.
- After the collapse of that company a secret committee of inquiry was appointed by the Commons, and Aislabie, who had in the meantime resigned the seals of his office, was declared guilty of having encouraged and promoted the South Sea scheme with a view to his own exorbitant profit, and was expelled the House.