Philological Examination Questions on Hamlet
Question: What is the meaning of extravagant? I. i. 154.
The extravagant and erring spirit hies
To his confine: and of the truth herein
This present object made probation.
Answer: "Extravagant" compounded from Latin extra, and
vagare-vagans, originally meant wandering beyond due
bounds, limits, in the broadest sense, but now is restricted to
meaning wandering beyond bounds as regards expenditures.
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