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English definition of “extortionate”


adjective     /ɪkˈstɔː.ʃən.ət/ US  /-ˈstɔːr-/ disapproving
extremely expensive: The price of books nowadays is extortionate.Costing too muchExpensive and luxurious extortionately     /-li/ adverb First-class travel is extortionately expensive.Costing too muchExpensive and luxurious
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