Definition of superfluity in English:


nounPlural superfluities

  • 1An unnecessarily or excessively large amount or number of something.

    ‘a superfluity of unoccupied time’
    • ‘After all, what else can one expect, when a superfluity of worthless crooks abound?’
    • ‘As a necessary consequence of the proliferation of the human species men began to depart from the simplicity of the earlier times; they sought for new means to increase the amenities of life and to acquire a superfluity of goods.’
    • ‘In this land of efficiency there is a superfluity of interesting things to be seen.’
    surplus, excess, overabundance, glut, surfeit, profusion, plethora, embarrassment, avalanche, deluge, flood, overload
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    1. 1.1 An unnecessary thing.
      ‘they thought the garrison a superfluity’
      • ‘This is why fine writing, which is regarded as a superfluity, enters the mainstream media only when it can be translated into the prevailing terms.’
      • ‘Having an outside force influence him was a jarring superfluity.’
      • ‘If our contentions are correct, it was entirely unnecessary and would have been a superfluity in the circumstances of this case to have had such a clause.’
      • ‘But we can note that at least one commentator has noted its incompatibility with the rest of his system, while another has noted its superfluity.’
      • ‘But omissions and superfluities are inevitable in such a book.’
    2. 1.2mass noun The state of being superfluous.
      ‘servants who had nothing to do but to display their own superfluity’
      • ‘Anything that smacked of luxury or superfluity was anathema to him.’
      • ‘In response to my post on idiomatic similes for superfluity and uselessness in German and English, several people emailed to draw my attention to common expressions such as ‘as useless as a chocolate teapot’ or ‘as a chocolate fireguard’.’
      • ‘In a definitive show of superfluity, they tried selling me tanning lotion.’
      • ‘One senses Brahms's desire from about 1880 to condense his thought and shed all superfluity.’
      • ‘So, the moral element was removed from the notion of luxury and superfluity, and the quality of people was linked to the quality of the things around them.’


Late Middle English: from Old French superfluite, from late Latin superfluitas, from Latin superfluus ‘running over’ (see superfluous).