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superfluity

[soo-per-floo-i-tee]
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noun, plural su·per·flu·i·ties.
  1. the state of being superfluous.
  2. a superabundant or excessive amount.
  3. something superfluous, as a luxury.
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Origin of superfluity

1350–1400; Middle English superfluite < Old French < Latin superfluitās. See superfluous, -ity
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Related Words for superfluity

abundance, overabundance, plethora, plenty, excess, overplus, surplus, superabundance, extravagance, luxury, overflowing, superfluous

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Historical Examples of superfluity

  • 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.

  • Marius found himself not in the least embarrassed by his superfluity of parents.

  • There was always a superfluity of gall in the diarist's ink.

    John Quincy Adams

    John. T. Morse


British Dictionary definitions for superfluity

superfluity

noun
  1. the condition of being superfluous
  2. a quantity or thing that is in excess of what is needed
  3. a thing that is not needed
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Word Origin for superfluity

C14: from Old French superfluité, via Late Latin from Latin superfluus superfluous
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Word Origin and History for superfluity

n.

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

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