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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
▪ An irritating excrescence upon the summit of international union.
▪ But the bust format ensures a rudimentary form without gestural and signifying elements or excrescences.
▪ If my body was now trim and neat, redeemed from the excrescences of flesh, it was also clean.
▪ It's an excrescence, a monstrosity, some tardy addition to the agenda.
▪ The scrolls of the ears flat against the side of the skull were so large that they looked like abnormal excrescences.
▪ The stair banisters had excrescences shaped like pew ends every few treads.
▪ There are excrescences one could do without on this side of the town.
▪ They wanted to peel away the excrescence and get back to the simple Gospel message itself.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Excrescence \Ex*cres"cence\n. [F. excrescence, excroissanse, L. excrescentia excrescences, neut. pl. of p. pr. of excrescere. See Excrescent.] An excrescent appendage, as, a wart or tumor; anything growing out unnaturally from anything else; a preternatural or morbid development; hence, a troublesome superfluity; an incumbrance; as, an excrescence on the body, or on a plant. ``Excrescences of joy.''
--Jer. Taylor.

The excrescences of the Spanish monarchy.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

early 15c., "action of growing out," from Latin excrescentia (plural) "abnormal growths," from excrescentem (nominative excrescens), present participle of excrescere "grow out, grow up," from ex- "out" (see ex-) + crescere "to grow" (see crescent). Meaning "that which grows out abnormally" (on a living thing) is from 1570s (excrescency in this sense is 1540s).


n. 1 Something, usually abnormal, which grows out of something else. 2 A disfiguring or unwanted mark or adjunct 3 (context phonetics English) epenthesis of a consonant, e.g., (term warmth English) as [ˈwɔrmpθ] (adding a [p] between [m] and [θ]), or (term -t English).

  1. n. something that bulges out or is protuberant or projects from a form [syn: bulge, bump, hump, gibbosity, gibbousness, jut, prominence, protuberance, protrusion, extrusion]

  2. (pathology) an abnormal outgrowth or enlargement of some part of the body


Excrescence may refer to:

  • Excrescence (phonology), the addition of a consonant to a word
  • In medicine and physiology, an outgrowth, especially of this skin, such as occurs in carnosity
  • Excrescence (architecture), an outgrowth of the main body of a building that does not harmonize well with the main body

Usage examples of "excrescence".

The architectonic purity of her world was constantly threatened by such hints of anarchy: gaps and excrescences and skew lines, and a shifting or tilting of planes to which she had continually to readjust lest the whole structure shiver into a disarray of discrete and meaningless signals.

Its malformed shoulders, arms, and hips, all burdened with strange excrescences of useless bone, worked laboriously, although I had the feeling that they would have driven the beast forward with inexplicable grace and speed if it had not been wounded and weakened.

The granite, however, is a mere mask or excrescence, being everywhere based upon and backed by the green and red plutonic traps which have enveloped it.

About halfway across the Gulf lay a peculiar spacetime formation, an excrescence of naturally modified matter, some of it polyphase, which at one time or another had borne a variety of different names.

Its malformed shoulders, arms, and hips, all burdened with strange excrescences of useless bone, worked laboriously, although I had the feeling that they would have driven the beast forward with inexplicable grace and speed if it had not been wounded and weakened.

Camidan, twice her height and covered with rustling scalelike excrescences, presented himself.

Its feet were short, thickened tentacles, with wartlike excrescences that evidently served for traction.

Pissing stallions stand for eternities with arched back on two legs in pants, forming a roof over their excrescences with right hands, mostly married, prop their hips with their left hands, look ahead with mournful eyes, and decipher inscriptions, dedications, confessions, prayers, outcries, rhymes, and names, scribbled in blue pencil scratched with nail scissors, leather punch, or nail.

His shirt sagged on him in some places, as if the substance of him had melted away beneath it, but in other places it strained at the seams as his body acquired new bony extrusions and inhuman excrescences.

One thing only is forbidden, to treat these substantial and living metaphors as if they were elegant curiosities, ornamental excrescences, to be passed over abruptly on the way to more exacting topics.

Roman catholic apostolic church, conserved in Calcata, were deserving of simple hyperduly or of the fourth degree of latria accorded to the abscission of such divine excrescences as hair and toenails.

Do we consider as a dirty excrescence the hair of which we take so much care, and which is of the same nature as the beard?

In five days the excrescence became as large as an average melon, much to the amazement of Manucci and the ambassador, and even of the king's surgeon, a Frenchman who declared he had never seen the like before.

Without changing his clothes, and using a wooden racket, he played tennis with Demi, Urania, and Callisto on a court so rich in excrescences and asperities that his choice of groundstrokeforehand or backhandnecessarily depended on the ball's right-angled bounce.

I've been thinking right along of one way to eliminate these excessive excrescences, consisting of you going into a huddle with your tribe, and eliminating all but the one you know to be yourself, and I doing the same.