Exuberant vs Extravagant - What's the difference?

exuberant | extravagant |


As adjectives the difference between exuberant and extravagant

is that exuberant is exuberant while extravagant is exceeding the bounds of something; roving; hence, foreign.

exuberant

English

Adjective

(en adjective)
  • (of people) Very high-spirited; extremely energetic and enthusiastic.
  • * 1882 , , "The Lady or the Tiger?":
  • He was a man of exuberant fancy, and, withal of an authority so irresistible that, at his will, he turned his varied fancies into facts.
  • * 1961 , , Catch-22 :
  • She was a tall, earthy, exuberant girl with long hair and a pretty face.
  • (of things that grow) Abundant, luxuriant, profuse, superabundant.
  • * 1972 , Ken Lemmon, "Restoration Work at Studley Royal," Garden History , vol. 1, no. 1, pp. 22:
  • The County Architect's Department is starting to pleach trees to open up these vistas, now almost hidden by the exuberant growth.

    References

    * Oxford English Dictionary , 2nd ed., 1989. * Random House Webster's Unabridged Electronic Dictionary , 1987-1996. ----

    extravagant

    English

    Adjective

    (en adjective)
  • Exceeding the bounds of something; roving; hence, foreign.
  • * (William Shakespeare)
  • The extravagant and erring spirit hies / To his confine.
  • Extreme; wild; excessive; unrestrained.
  • * Addison
  • There appears something nobly wild and extravagant in great natural geniuses.
  • *{{quote-book, year=1963, author=(Margery Allingham)
  • , title=(The China Governess), chapter=1 citation , passage=The half-dozen pieces […] were painted white and carved with festoons of flowers, birds and cupids. […] The bed was the most extravagant piece. Its graceful cane halftester rose high towards the cornice and was so festooned in carved white wood that the effect was positively insecure, as if the great couch were trimmed with icing sugar.}}
  • Exorbitant.
  • *{{quote-magazine, date=2013-06-08, volume=407, issue=8839, page=55, magazine=(The Economist)
  • , title= Obama goes troll-hunting , passage=According to this saga of intellectual-property misanthropy, these creatures [patent trolls] roam the business world, buying up patents and then using them to demand extravagant payouts from companies they accuse of infringing them. Often, their victims pay up rather than face the costs of a legal battle.}}
  • Profuse in expenditure; prodigal; wasteful.
  • (Bancroft)

    Synonyms

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