- excess; an excessive amount: a surfeit of speechmaking.
- excess or overindulgence in eating or drinking.
- an uncomfortably full or crapulous feeling due to excessive eating or drinking.
- general disgust caused by excess or satiety.
- to bring to a state of surfeit by excess of food or drink.
- to supply with anything to excess or satiety; satiate.
- to eat or drink to excess.
- to suffer from the effects of overindulgence in eating or drinking.
- to indulge to excess in anything.
Origin of surfeit
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1. superabundance, superfluity. 5, 6. stuff, gorge. 6. fill.
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Examples from the Web for surfeit
There are no wrenching epiphanies, just mild embarrassments and a surfeit of confusion.Paul Auster, Bernhard Schlink, and More of This Week’s Hot Reads: Aug. 13, 2012
August 12, 2012
The culture wars have presented us with a surfeit of either/ors.The Culture Wars' Next Frontier
Henry Louis Gates, Jr.
November 17, 2010
We may have enough of justice in our character as rebels to give us a surfeit of it.Micah Clarke
Arthur Conan Doyle
Her life had been unfortunate, and of horrors she had touched a surfeit.The Life of Cesare Borgia
Ay, and in the enjoyment of external beauty a sort of surfeit is engendered.The Symposium
Adventure is all very well, but I have discovered that one can get a surfeit of it.The Pirate of Panama
William MacLeod Raine
In the state it is all hunger at one end, and all surfeit at the other.Crotchet Castle
Thomas Love Peacock
- (usually foll by of) an excessive or immoderate amount
- overindulgence, esp in eating or drinking
- disgust, nausea, etc, caused by such overindulgence
- (tr) to supply or feed excessively; satiate
- (intr) archaic to eat, drink, or be supplied to excess
- (intr) obsolete to feel uncomfortable as a consequence of overindulgence
C13: from French surfait, from surfaire to overdo, from sur- 1 + faire, from Latin facere to do
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Word Origin and History for surfeit
late 14c., from surfeit (n.). Related: Surfeited; surfeiting.
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