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exorbitant

ex·or·bi·tant

exorbitant

 
pronunciation:
ihg zor b tihnt
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part of speech: adjective
definition: exceeding the bounds of what is reasonable, fair, or proper; immoderate.
The lawyer charged an exorbitant fee for his services.She seemed to be wearing an exorbitant amount of make-up for such a solemn occasion.
synonyms:
excessive, extravagant, immoderate, inordinate, unreasonable
antonyms:
reasonable
similar words:
expensive, extreme, high, outrageous, steep, unconscionable, undue
derivation: exorbitantly (adv.)
Word Parts
The word exorbitant contains the following parts:
ex- Latin prefix that means out, out of, away from
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The prefix ex- was a Latin preposition and prefix and occurs in English in Latin loanwords, such as exit and expel . It has multiple forms, as the 'x' sound in ex- assimilates to the initial sound of the base to which it is attached. See its assimilated forms e-, ef-, and es-. ex- is also used in the formation of English words such as "ex-partner," where it means "formerly having the status of."
synonyms:
extr-, extra-, exter-
 
orb Latin root that means wheel, circle
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-ant, -ent Latin adjective- and noun-forming suffix that means In nouns: one who or that which does the action denoted by the base verb.
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The suffix -ant , -ent forms adjectives and, to a much lesser extent, nouns from Latin verb stems such as fid in confident and stud in student . This suffix is the equivalent in Latin of the "-ing" inflection in English. Many adjectives ending in -ant , -ent have a corresponding noun ending in -ance, -ence, -ancy, -ency.