One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
The state of being more than is necessary or desirable; excess.‘Coleridge criticized Schiller for what he called the nimiety of his blank verse’
surplus, surfeit, overabundance, superabundance, superfluity, oversufficiency, profusion, plethora, glutView synonyms
- ‘There are moments in Bach when I would accuse him of nimiety, a pedantic thoroughness, more artifice than art.’
- ‘She could not forgive the nimiety of blunders and Carmen offered no apologies.’
- ‘Fram doesn't like nimiety; he dislikes especially nimiety of presents.’
- ‘We now seem to live in a country that is wrestling between issues of scarcity and nimiety—in which we feel compelled to voice our concerns, complaints, and opinions.’
- ‘A more serious blemish with most modern poetry, is nimiety, the tendency to dilute the general effect by repetition.’
Mid 16th century: from Latin nimietas, from nimis ‘too much’.
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