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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR EXPENSIVE

It was the most expensive piece of jewelry Grace had ever owned.

Gas is indispensable in the operation of dirigible balloons, and gas is expensive.

Indeed, as we have been told, "nothing is so expensive as glory."

The state's magnanimity to those offenders whom it would be too expensive to punish.

That is why we feel that expensive Arctic feasts would probably be a frost.

We always drink champagne in the States, not because we like it, but because it's expensive.

You will find them tenting out at the Métropole and all the expensive hotels.

It is expensive, but so light and so easily cleaned that it is well worth all you may have to pay.

Potted bloater is one of the least expensive and appetizing of all potted meats.

The gardenia flowers now so much favored for wearing are expensive.

WORD ORIGIN

1620s, "given to profuse expenditure," from expense (n.) + -ive. Meaning "costly" is from 1630s. Earlier was expenseful (c.1600). Expenseless was in use mid-17c.-18c., but there seems nothing now to which it applies, and the dictionaries label it "obsolete."

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