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[soo-per-floo-i-tee] /ˌsu pərˈflu ɪ ti/
noun, plural superfluities.
the state of being superfluous.
a superabundant or excessive amount.
something superfluous, as a luxury.
Origin of superfluity
1350-1400; Middle English superfluite < Old French < Latin superfluitās. See superfluous, -ity Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for superfluity
Historical Examples
  • The vacuity and the superfluity are thus partially compensated by each other.

    Cratylus Plato
  • His tales are overladen with detail and superfluity of minute description.

    Maxim Gorki

    Hans Ostwald
  • The superfluity had become a necessity, and Knight was in love.

    A Pair of Blue Eyes Thomas Hardy
  • Marius found himself not in the least embarrassed by his superfluity of parents.

    Nicanor - Teller of Tales C. Bryson Taylor
  • There was always a superfluity of gall in the diarist's ink.

    John Quincy Adams John. T. Morse
  • Then, like the sun, let bounty spread her ray, And shine that superfluity away.

    Essay on Man Alexander Pope
  • There was no ornament, no upholstery, no superfluity at all.

    Appearances Goldsworthy Lowes Dickinson
  • Publishers and editors would not then have a superfluity of matter.

  • Never had wine reddened his lips, and bread had seemed to him a superfluity.

    Mauprat George Sand
  • A signature would to me and to all in the secret have been a superfluity.

British Dictionary definitions for superfluity


the condition of being superfluous
a quantity or thing that is in excess of what is needed
a thing that is not needed
Word Origin
C14: from Old French superfluité, via Late Latin from Latin superfluussuperfluous
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for superfluity

late 14c., from Old French superfluite (12c.), from Medieval Latin superfluitas, from superfluus (see superfluous).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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