expensive

expensive
I
(New American Roget's College Thesaurus)
adj. costly, dear, high, exorbitant. See dearness. Ant., cheap.
II
(Roget's IV) modif.
Syn. costly, high-priced, dear, precious, valuable, invaluable, rare, prized, choice, rich, priceless, high, too high, overpriced, uneconomical, unreasonable, exorbitant, extortionate, fancy, extravagant, upscale, up-market, deluxe, beyond one's means, at a premium, at Great cost, worth a king's ransom*, worth a pretty penny*, sky-high*, steep*, stiff*, big-ticket*, pricey*, out of sight*.
Ant. inexpensive, cheap*, low.
Syn.- expensive implies having a price that is high in relation to others of its kind or that is in excess of the thing's worth or the purchaser's ability to pay [ an expensive car ] ; costly refers to something high in price and usually implies richness, magnificence, rareness, etc. [costly gems ] : it is often applied to that which it would cost much in money or effort to correct or replace [ a costly error ] ; dear , less often used today in the U.S., implies an exorbitant price or one considerably beyond the normal or fair price [ meat was very dear at the time ] ; valuable , in this connection, implies such Great value as to bring a high price [ a valuable collection ] ; invaluable suggests value so Great that it cannot be appraised in monetary terms [invaluable aid ]
III
(Roget's 3 Superthesaurus) a.
costly, high-priced, *pricey, exorbitant, dear, steep, *sky-high, stiff, unreasonable, outrageous.
ANT.: cheap, low-priced, cut-rate, economical
IV
(Roget's Thesaurus II) adjective Bringing a high price: costly, dear, high, high-priced. See TRANSACTIONS, VALUE.

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