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Sunday, August 22, 2004

Definitions for excrescence

  1. Something (especially something abnormal) growing out from something else.
  2. A disfiguring or unwanted mark, part, or addition.

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Citations for excrescence
Even Henry Mee's well-known portrait of Anthony Powell makes the novelist look as if he had some odd excrescence growing out of his head. DJ Taylor, Independent
Conservatives have always opposed the independent counsel as an extra-constitutional excrescence unmoored from any political accountability. , National Review
Origin of excrescence
late Middle English
Excrescence is from Latin excrescentia, "excrescences," from excrescere, "to grow out," from ex-, "out" + crescere, "to grow."