- going beyond the usual, necessary, or proper limit or degree; characterized by excess: excessive charges; excessive criticism.
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Contemporary Examples of excessively
No excessively masculine hero of a traditional cowboy detective story, The Dude is a different kind of man.Dudes and Maudes Abide at New York City Lebowski Fest
August 25, 2014
Is this entire thing just one big scheme to cash in on excessively proud moms and dads?Introducing the Internet’s New Bundle of Joy: The Baby Selfie
February 25, 2014
The book depicts Bezos and Amazon as hard-charging, insatiable, and excessively secretive.Jeff Bezos’s Wife Rips New Book on Her Husband
November 5, 2013
We do not want to excessively weight Greece, for example, which has debt over 90 per cent for 19 years in the 1946-2009 sample.Rogoff and Reinhart Respond
April 17, 2013
Their squeaky clean image has been excessively buffered through the years, even after the band broke up.98 Degrees Released a New Song About Their Penises
March 28, 2013
Historical Examples of excessively
The day was excessively hot, and the horses are very thirsty.
The day was excessively hot again, and walking was most fatiguing.
Mrs. Delany "was all raptures," and thought it "excessively fine."Handel
Edward J. Dent
All this was excessively irritating, and needed no exaggeration from abroad.
Either we damn them excessively or we praise them excessively.Changing Winds
St. John G. Ervine
- exceeding the normal or permitted extents or limits; immoderate; inordinate
late 14c., from Old French excessif "excessive, oppressive," from Latin excess-, past participle stem of excedere "to depart, go beyond" (see exceed). Related: Excessively; excessiveness.