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  1. excess; an excessive amount: a surfeit of speechmaking.

  2. excess or overindulgence in eating or drinking.

  1. an uncomfortably full or crapulous feeling due to excessive eating or drinking.

  2. general disgust caused by excess or satiety.

verb (used with object)
  1. to bring to a state of surfeit by excess of food or drink.

  2. to supply with anything to excess or satiety; satiate.

verb (used without object)
  1. to eat or drink to excess.

  2. to suffer from the effects of overindulgence in eating or drinking.

  1. to indulge to excess in anything.

Origin of surfeit

1250–1300; (noun) Middle English sorfete, surfait<Middle French surfait, surfet (noun use of past participle of surfaire to overdo), equivalent to sur-sur-1 + fait<Latin factus, past participle of facere to do (see fact); (v.) sorfeten, derivative of the noun

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Opposites for surfeit

Other words from surfeit

  • un·sur·feit·ed, adjective
  • un·sur·feit·ing, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use surfeit in a sentence

  • Having finished his meal the great beast, surfeited with food, slowly moved off into the jungle.

    In Africa | John T. McCutcheon
  • He went towards them; the blood flushed up in his face, he felt almost surfeited by some sweet emotion.

  • The next morning we made Kurrimao, which has a shore-line strikingly picturesque in a land almost surfeited with the picturesque.

  • Then, surfeited with slaughter, they turned to plunder the abandoned camp; otherwise there would have been escape for few.

    The Old Northwest | Frederic Austin Ogg
  • In short, the whole subject is so curious, so strange that the investigator of these mysteries is never surfeited.

    Mysterious Psychic Forces | Camille Flammarion

British Dictionary definitions for surfeit


/ (ˈsɜːfɪt) /

  1. (usually foll by of) an excessive or immoderate amount

  2. overindulgence, esp in eating or drinking

  1. disgust, nausea, etc, caused by such overindulgence

  1. (tr) to supply or feed excessively; satiate

  2. (intr) archaic to eat, drink, or be supplied to excess

  1. (intr) obsolete to feel uncomfortable as a consequence of overindulgence

Origin of surfeit

C13: from French surfait, from surfaire to overdo, from sur- 1 + faire, from Latin facere to do

Derived forms of surfeit

  • surfeiter, noun

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