Mawson, C.O.S., ed. (1870–1938). Roget’s International Thesaurus. 1922.

Class V. Words Releasing to the Voluntary Powers
Division (II) Intersocial Volition
Section IV. Possessive Relations
4. Monetary Relations

814. Dearness.

   NOUN:DEARNESS &c. adj.; high -, famine -, fancy- price; overcharge; extravagance; exorbitance, extortion; heavy pull upon the purse.
   VERB:BE DEAR &c. adj.; cost much, cost a pretty penny [colloq.]; rise in price, look up.
  OVERCHARGE, bleed [colloq.], skin [slang], fleece, extort.
  pay too much, pay through the nose [colloq.], pay too dear for one’s whistle [colloq.].
   ADJECTIVE:DEAR; high, – priced; of great price, expensive, costly, precious, worth a Jew’s eye, dear bought; unreasonable, extravagant, exorbitant, extortionate.
  at a premium; not to be had, – for love or money; beyond price, above price; priceless, of priceless value.
   ADVERB:DEAR, dearly; at great cost, at heavy cost, at a high price, à grands frais [F.].
  1. Prices looking up.
  2. Le jeu ne vaut pas la chandelle.
  3. Le coût en ôte le goût.
  4. Vel prece vel pretio.
  5. Since you are dear-bought, I will love you dear.—Merchant of Venice
  6. But bless you, it’s dear—it’s dear!—Browning