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Definitions of excess

  1. more than is needed, desired, or required; " trying to lose excess weight"; " found some extra change lying on the dresser"; " yet another book on heraldry might be thought redundant"; " skills made redundant by technological advance"; " sleeping in the spare room"; " supernumerary ornamentation"; " it was supererogatory of her to gloat"; " delete superfluous ( or unnecessary) words"; " extra ribs as well as other supernumerary internal parts"; " surplus cheese distributed to the needy"
  2. excessive indulgence; " the child was spoiled by overindulgence"
  3. immoderation as a consequence of going beyond sufficient or permitted limits
  4. a quantity much larger than is needed
  5. the state of being more than full
  6. An undue indulgence of the appetite; transgression of proper moderation in natural gratifications; intemperance; dissipation.
  7. The degree or amount by which one thing or number exceeds another; remainder; as, the difference between two numbers is the excess of one over the other.
  8. An undue amount; the amount by which one thing is more than another; surplus; intemperance.
  9. Too much of anything; intemperance; that which exceeds; degree of exceeding; surplus.
  10. That which passes the due limit.
  11. Inordinate gratification.
  12. The amount by which one thing is greater than another; overplus.
  13. That which is beyond what is needed; superfluity; that which is beyond the common measure, proportion, or due quantity; superabundance; any transgression of due limits; undue indulgence; intemperance; that by which one number or quantity exceeds another. See Exceed.
  14. A passing or going beyond a certain measure or limit; more than enough; intemperance; difference between things unequal.

Usage examples for excess

  1. Suddenly Ben- Zayb let go an oath, jumped aside, and slapped his hand on his arm; Padre Camorra in his excess of enthusiasm had pinched him. – The Reign of Greed Complete English Version of 'El Filibusterismo' by Jose Rizal
  2. He listened to his concluding words- full of the dark truth of the times; and as the high and pure ambition of Rienzi flashed upon him in contrast, he felt that he could not blame its fervour, or wonder at its excess. – Rienzi by Edward Bulwer Lytton
  3. I only mention this to let you see that in my first misunderstanding with the Court I was not to blame, and that my respect for the Cardinal upon the Queen's account was carried to an excess of patience. – The Memoirs of Cardinal de Retz, Complete by Jean Francois Paul de Gondi, Cardinal de Retz
  4. The reason is derived from the excess itself of that liberty. – The History of England, Volume I by David Hume
  5. Those who employ Christian servants would do well to remember that they ought to take care to pay them somewhat in excess of the small wages which will satisfy a Hindu. – India and the Indians by Edward F. Elwin
  6. Evidently she had yielded to an excess of terror. – The Gray Mask by Wadsworth Camp
  7. Having come to serious reflection on her conduct, she blamed herself for the excess of her cruelty, and at length became uneasy about the fate of the husband whom she had treated with too much severity, though she still supposed him criminal and ungrateful. – Eastern Tales by Many Story Tellers by Various
  8. Mr. Glazzard, so far as she could yet judge, was by no means the kind of man to be dealt with in this tone; she thought him rather disposed to pride than to an excess of humility, and saw in his face an occasional melancholy which inspired her with interest and respect. – Denzil Quarrier by George Gissing
  9. He was also just as sure that his new- found Irish acquaintance, in the excess of his friendliness, would rush right over to Fourth street and stop the woman. – The Spiritualists and the Detectives by Allan Pinkerton
  10. The proposition was defeated by the vote of Boston, which gave a majority against the new Constitution of about one thousand in excess of the negative majority of the entire State. – Reminiscences of Sixty Years in Public Affairs, Vol. 1 by George Boutwell
  11. But indignation on behalf of an alien race is not so common that we can afford to spare even its excess. – A Short History of English Liberalism by Walter Lyon Blease
  12. Its absence is fatal, its excess equally so. – Success With Small Fruits by E. P. Roe
  13. He begins by saying in the third scene of the first act: " Although I neither lend nor borrow By taking nor by giving of excess, Yet to supply the ripe wants of my friend, I'll break a custom." – The Man Shakespeare by Frank Harris
  14. The church was crowded to excess. – Fletcher of Madeley by Frederic W. Macdonald
  15. Once fairly forced into the premises, James thought fit to forget his long walk and excess of business, especially as about that moment Aunt Sally and Miss Grace returned from an afternoon call. – The May Flower, and Miscellaneous Writings by Harriet Beecher Stowe
  16. When found, he was in a sadly reduced condition, partly from loss of blood through wounds, but chiefly from want of food, of which, in the excess of his grief, he could not be prevailed on to partake. – Stories about Animals: with Pictures to Match by Francis C. Woodworth
  17. From excess of love arises that weakness; that must be its apology with thee, for, in thy mind, my fondness, I know, needs an apology. – Jane Talbot by Charles Brockden Brown
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