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extravagance

noun uk   us   /ɪkˈstræv.ə.ɡəns/
[U] behaviour in which you spend more money than you need to: I think she was shocked by my extravagance. [C] something expensive that you buy even though you do not need it: Perfume is my greatest extravagance.
Translations of “extravagance”
in Korean 낭비…
in Arabic إسراف, بَذَخ…
in Portuguese extravagância…
in Catalan malbaratament…
in Japanese ぜいたく, 浪費…
in Italian stravaganza…
in Chinese (Traditional) 奢侈,鋪張, 奢侈品,奢華物…
in Chinese (Simplified) 奢侈,铺张, 奢侈品,奢华物…
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