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 poor squatted where they could, receiving starvation wages, and paying exorbitant rents for their cabins, partly with their own labour.
- 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.
- 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.