Extravagance vs Sybarite - What's the difference?

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As nouns the difference between extravagance and sybarite

is that extravagance is excessive or superfluous expenditure of money while sybarite is a native or inhabitant of sybaris.




(en noun)
  • Excessive or superfluous expenditure of money.
  • Prodigality as in extravagance of anger, love, expression, imagination, or demands.
  • :They spared nothing in obtaining extravagances for each other. Everything was lavish and wildly in excess. They were in love!
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  • *:A great bargain also had been the excellent Axminster carpet which covered the floor; as, again, the arm-chair in which Bunting now sat forward, staring into the dull, small fire. In fact, that arm-chair had been an extravagance of Mrs. Bunting. She had wanted her husband to be comfortable after the day's work was done, and she had paid thirty-seven shillings for the chair.
  • Synonyms

    * lavishness * profusion * wildness * irregularity * excess * prodigality * profusion * waste * unreasonableness * recklessness


    * frugality * economize * moderation




    (en noun)
  • A person devoted to pleasure and luxury; a voluptuary.
  • * 1969 , Victor Ernest Watts (translator), (author), The (Consolation of Philosophy) , (Penguin Books), book III, chapter iv, page 87:
  • Although the proud lord clothed himself // In purple robes and gem-stones white, // Yet Nero grew to all men’s hate // A wild and cruel sybarite .
  • * 2011 December 16th, William Grimes, “Obituary of Christopher Hitchens” in the New York Times :
  • Thus began a dual career as political agitator and upper-crust sybarite . He arranged a packed schedule of antiwar demonstrations by day and Champagne-flooded parties with Oxford’s elite at night.


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