- the fact of exceeding something else in amount or degree: His strength is in excess of yours.
- the amount or degree by which one thing exceeds another: The bill showed an excess of several hundred dollars over the estimate.
- an extreme or excessive amount or degree; superabundance: to have an excess of energy.
- a going beyond what is regarded as customary or proper: to talk to excess.
- immoderate indulgence; intemperance in eating, drinking, etc.
- more than or above what is necessary, usual, or specified; extra: a charge for excess baggage; excess profits.
- to dismiss, demote, transfer, or furlough (an employee), especially as part of a mass layoff.
Origin of excess
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Examples from the Web for excesses
Northanger Abbey, after all, parodies the tropes and excesses of sentimental Gothic novels.The Birth of the Novel
November 27, 2014
Even without the excesses of the film festival, Cannes is a little nutty.No Movie Stars, No Red Carpet, But Off-Season Cannes Is Still Magic
September 15, 2014
The New Deal and its excesses proved to be a flashpoint for ideological debates that occasionally came unhinged.A Brief History of Wingnuts in America; From George Washington to Woodstock
August 17, 2014
Such counterpoints to the original outweigh the excesses of sympathy.What Jane Austen Didn’t Write in ‘Pride and Prejudice’
October 9, 2013
Speaking of the TSA leads directly into a final way of minimizing the excesses and wastefulness of a national surveillance state.Four Principles for a Libertarian National Security State
September 14, 2013
Passion, and passion only, can plead a just excuse of its own excesses.Tales And Novels, Volume 8 (of 10)
He grew peevish, suspicious, and more violent than ever in his excesses.Beauty and The Beast, and Tales From Home
He died at thirty-four, after a life of great triumphs and excesses.Poems
William D. Howells
There was an occasion when it might have been supposed there would have been excesses.
The source of his misery was yonder, in those markets, heated by the day's excesses.The Fat and the Thin
- the state or act of going beyond normal, sufficient, or permitted limits
- an immoderate or abnormal amount, number, extent, or degree too much or too manyan excess of tolerance
- the amount, number, extent, or degree by which one thing exceeds another
- chem a quantity of a reagent that is greater than the quantity required to complete a reactionadd an excess of acid
- overindulgence or intemperance
- insurance, mainly British a specified contribution towards the cost of a claim, stipulated on certain insurance policies as being payable by the policyholder
- in excess of of more than; over
- to excess to an inordinate extent; immoderatelyhe drinks to excess
- more than normal, necessary, or permitted; surplusexcess weight
- payable as a result of previous underpaymentexcess postage; an excess fare for a railway journey
Word Origin and History for excesses
late 14c., from Old French exces (14c.) "excess, extravagance, outrage," from Latin excessus "departure, a going beyond the bounds of reason or beyond the subject," from stem of excedere "to depart, go beyond" (see exceed). As an adjective from late 15c.
- An amount or quantity beyond what is normal or sufficient; a surplus.