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Meaning of EXCESS

Pronunciation:  [adj]'ekses, [n]ik'ses, ik'ses

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  1. [n]  excessive indulgence; "the child was spoiled by overindulgence"
  2. [n]  immoderation as a consequence of going beyond sufficient or permitted limits
  3. [n]  a quantity much larger than is needed
  4. [n]  the state of being more than full
  5. [adj]  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"

EXCESS is a 6 letter word that starts with E.


 Synonyms: excessiveness, extra, inordinateness, overabundance, overindulgence, redundant, spare, supererogatory, superfluous, supernumerary, surfeit, surplus, surplus, surplusage, unnecessary, unneeded
 See Also: embarrassment, exorbitance, fullness, humoring, immoderateness, immoderation, indulgence, indulging, nimiety, outrageousness, overabundance, overmuch, overmuchness, overplus, pampering, plethora, superabundance, superfluity



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Ex*cess"\, n. [OE. exces, excess, ecstasy, L. excessus a
going out, loss of self-possession, fr. excedere, excessum,
to go out, go beyond: cf. F. exc[`e]s. See {Exceed}.]
1. 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.

         To gild refined gold, to paint the lily, To throw a
         perfume on the violet, . . . Is wasteful and
         ridiculous excess.                    --Shak.

         That kills me with excess of grief, this with excess
         of joy.                               --Walsh.

2. An undue indulgence of the appetite; transgression of
   proper moderation in natural gratifications; intemperance;

         Be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess. --Eph. v.

         Thy desire . . . leads to no excess That reaches
         blame.                                --Milton.

3. 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.

{Spherical excess} (Geom.), the amount by which the sum of
   the three angles of a spherical triangle exceeds two right
   angles. The spherical excess is proportional to the area
   of the triangle.

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