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surfeit

[ sur-fit ]
/ ˈsɜr fɪt /
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noun

verb (used with object)

to bring to a state of surfeit by excess of food or drink.
to supply with anything to excess or satiety; satiate.

verb (used without object)

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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

OTHER WORDS FROM surfeit

un·sur·feit·ed, adjectiveun·sur·feit·ing, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for surfeit

surfeit
/ (ˈsɜːfɪt) /

noun

(usually foll by of) an excessive or immoderate amount
overindulgence, esp in eating or drinking
disgust, nausea, etc, caused by such overindulgence

verb

(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

Derived forms of surfeit

surfeiter, noun

Word Origin for surfeit

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