Roget's Thesaurus: Entry 814 (Dearness)

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#814. Dearness.-- N. dearness &c. adj.; high price, famine price, fancy price; overcharge; extravagance; exorbitance, extortion; heavy pull upon the purse.

V. be dear &c. adj.; cost much, cost a pretty penny; rise in price, look up.

[demand a price in excess of value] overcharge, bleed, fleece, extort.

[pay a price in excess of value] pay too much, pay through the nose, pay too dear for one's whistle, pay top dollar.

Adj. dear; high, high priced; of great price, expensive, costly, precious; worth a Jew's eye|!, dear bought.

at a premium.

not to be had, not to be had for love or money; beyond price, above price, priceless, of priceless value.

[priced in excess of value] unreasonable, extravagant, exorbitant, extortionate; overpriced, more than it's woth.

Adv. dear, dearly; at great cost, heavy cost; a grands frais[Fr].

Phr. prices looking up; le jeu ne vaut pas la chandelle[French]; le cout en ote le gout[Fr]; vel prece vel pretio[Lat][obs]; too high a price to pay, not worth it.