superfluity
noun (plural -ties) Etymology: Middle English superfluitee, from Anglo-French superfluité, from Late Latin superfluitat-, superfluitas, from Latin superfluus Date: 14th century 1. a. excess, oversupply b. something unnecessary or superfluous 2. immoderate and especially luxurious living, habits, or desires

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  • Superfluity — Su per*flu i*ty, n.; pl. {Superfluities}. [L. superfluit[ e], L. superfluitas. See {Superfluous}.] 1. A greater quantity than is wanted; superabundance; as, a superfluity of water; a superfluity of wealth. [1913 Webster] A quiet mediocrity is… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • superfluity — index balance (amount in excess), boom (prosperity), exaggeration, plethora, redundancy, remainder (remaining part), surfeit …   Law dictionary

  • superfluity — late 14c., from O.Fr. superfluite (12c.), from M.L. superfluitas, from superfluus (see SUPERFLUOUS (Cf. superfluous)) …   Etymology dictionary

  • superfluity — *excess, surplus, surplusage, overplus Analogous words: overflowing or overflow, teeming, swarming (see TEEM): exuberance, profusion, lavishness, prodigality (see corresponding adjectives at PROFUSE) …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • superfluity — [so͞o΄pərflo͞o′ə tē] n. pl. superfluities [ME superfluite < OFr superfluité < L superfluitas] 1. the state or quality of being superfluous 2. a quantity or number beyond what is needed; excess; superabundance 3. something superfluous; thing …   English World dictionary

  • superfluity — [[t]su͟ːpə(r)flu͟ːɪti[/t]] superfluities N COUNT: usu N of n If there is a superfluity of something, there is more of it than is needed. [FORMAL] The city has gone from a shortage to a superfluity of five star hotels …   English dictionary

  • superfluity — su|per|flu|i|ty [ˌsu:pəˈflu:ıti US pər ] n formal a superfluity of sth a larger amount of something than is necessary …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • superfluity — noun formal a superfluity of a larger amount of something than is necessary …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • superfluity — superfluous ► ADJECTIVE ▪ unnecessary, especially through being more than enough. DERIVATIVES superfluity noun (pl. superfluities) superfluously adverb. ORIGIN Latin superfluus, from fluere to flow …   English terms dictionary

  • superfluity — /sooh peuhr flooh i tee/, n., pl. superfluities. 1. the state of being superfluous. 2. a superabundant or excessive amount. 3. something superfluous, as a luxury. [1350 1400; ME superfluite < OF < L superfluitas. See SUPERFLUOUS, ITY] * * * …   Universalium

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