Extravagance vs Vanity - What's the difference?

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As nouns the difference between extravagance and vanity

is that extravagance is excessive or superfluous expenditure of money while vanity is that which is vain, futile, or worthless; that which is of no value, use or profit.




(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



    (wikipedia vanity)


  • That which is vain, futile, or worthless; that which is of no value, use or profit.
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  • Excessive pride in or admiration of one's own abilities, appearance or achievements.
  • A dressing table used to apply makeup, preen, and coif hair. The table is normally quite low and similar to a desk, with drawers and one or more mirrors atop. Either a chair or bench is used to sit upon.
  • Emptiness.
  • (obsolete) Any idea, theory or statement that is without foundation.
  • * It is a vanity to say that if two stones are dropped from a tower, the heavier will experience the greater acceleration.
  • * Francis Bacon
  • To help the matter, the alchemists call in many vanities out of astrology.


    * conceit * egotism * narcissism * pride * See also

    Derived terms

    * vanity case