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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. The state of surpassing or going beyond limits; the being of a measure beyond sufficiency, necessity, or duty; that which exceeds what is usual or prover; immoderateness; superfluity; superabundance; extravagance; as, an excess of provisions or of light.
  7. An undue indulgence of the appetite; transgression of proper moderation in natural gratifications; intemperance; dissipation.
  8. 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.
  9. An undue amount; the amount by which one thing is more than another; surplus; intemperance.
  10. A going beyond what is usual or proper: intemperance: that which exceeds: the degree by which one thing exceeds another.
  11. Too much of anything; intemperance; that which exceeds; degree of exceeding; surplus.
  12. That which passes the due limit.
  13. Inordinate gratification.
  14. The amount by which one thing is greater than another; overplus.
  15. 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.
  16. A passing or going beyond a certain measure or limit; more than enough; intemperance; difference between things unequal.
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Quotes of excess

  1. For there is no defense for a man who, in the excess of his wealth, has kicked the great altar of Justice out of sight. – Aeschylus
  2. When you have energy companies like Shell and British Petroleum, both of which are perhaps represented in this room, saying there is a problem with excess carbon dioxide emission, I think we ought to listen. – James Baker
  3. The road of excess leads to the palace of wisdom. – William Blake
  4. Every reform, however necessary, will by weak minds be carried to an excess that itself will need reforming. – Samuel Taylor Coleridge
  5. A moderate addiction to money may not always be hurtful; but when taken in excess it is nearly always bad for the health. – Clarence Day
  6. The cause of our difficulties in southeast Asia is not a deficiency of power but an excess of the wrong kind of power which results in a feeling of impotence when it fails to achieve its desired ends. – J. William Fulbright
  7. Everything in excess is opposed to nature. – Hippocrates
  8. Nothing exceeds like excess – Al Jourgensen
  9. Truth, like the juice of the poppy, in small quantities, calms men; in larger, heats and irritates them, and is attended by fatal consequences in excess – Walter Savage Landor
  10. Excess of wealth is cause of covetousness. – Christopher Marlowe
  11. The chief beginning of evil is goodness in excess – Menander
  12. Excess generally causes reaction, and produces a change in the opposite direction, whether it be in the seasons, or in individuals, or in governments. – Plato
  13. Excess of liberty, whether it lies in state or individuals, seems only to pass into excess of slavery. – Plato
  14. Whereas money is a means to an end for a filmmaker, to the corporate mind money is the end. Right now, I think independent film is very confused, because there's excess pressure in the marketplace for entertainment to pay off. – Robert Redford
  15. Sensual excess drives out pity in man. – Marquis de Sade

Usage examples for excess

  1. 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
  2. Its absence is fatal, its excess equally so. – Success With Small Fruits by E. P. Roe
  3. 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
  4. 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
  5. 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
  6. The church was crowded to excess – Fletcher of Madeley by Frederic W. Macdonald
  7. 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
  8. And in all this devotion, this excess of love- for so I must think it- has no distrust ever arisen between you? – Wives and Widows; or The Broken Life by Ann S. Stephens
  9. 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
  10. 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
  11. In spite of this large hospitality, instances even of individual excess are comparatively rare. – Border and Bastille by George A. Lawrence
  12. 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
  13. The reason is derived from the excess itself of that liberty. – The History of England, Volume I by David Hume
  14. It was an opera night, and the house was crowded to excess but with some little management, I obtained a place in a box near the stage. – The Confessions of Harry Lorrequer, Complete by Charles James Lever (1806-1872)
  15. Evidently she had yielded to an excess of terror. – The Gray Mask by Wadsworth Camp
  16. 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
  17. 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
  18. 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
  19. 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
  20. 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

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