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1[in singular] An unnecessarily or excessively large amount or number of something.‘a superfluity of unoccupied time’
surplus, excess, overabundance, glut, surfeit, profusion, plethora, embarrassment, avalanche, deluge, flood, overloadView synonyms
- ‘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.’
- ‘After all, what else can one expect, when a superfluity of worthless crooks abound?’
- 1.1An unnecessary thing.‘they thought the garrison a superfluity’
- ‘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.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘Having an outside force influence him was a jarring superfluity.’
- ‘But omissions and superfluities are inevitable in such a book.’
- ‘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.’
- 1.2The state of being superfluous.‘servants who had nothing to do but to display their own superfluity’
- ‘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.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘Anything that smacked of luxury or superfluity was anathema to him.’
Late Middle English: from Old French superfluite, from late Latin superfluitas, from Latin superfluus running over (see superfluous).
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