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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
▪ In superfluity, it now became apparent, they had found satisfaction.
▪ There were the Station dances, the weekly cinema shows, and a superfluity of men.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Superfluity \Su`per*flu"i*ty\, n.; pl. Superfluities. [L. superfluit['e], L. superfluitas. See Superfluous.]

  1. A greater quantity than is wanted; superabundance; as, a superfluity of water; a superfluity of wealth.

    A quiet mediocrity is still to be preferred before a troubled superfluity.

  2. The state or quality of being superfluous; excess. ``By a superfluity abominable.''

  3. Something beyond what is needed; something which serves for show or luxury.

    Syn: Superabundance; excess; redundancy.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

late 14c., from Old French superfluite "excess" (12c.), from Medieval Latin superfluitatem (nominative superfluitas), from superfluus (see superfluous).


n. 1 The quality or state of being superfluous; in excess or overabundance. 2 Something superfluous, as a luxury. 3 (context rare English) collective noun for a group of nuns.


n. extreme excess; "an embarrassment of riches" [syn: overplus, plethora, embarrassment]


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Usage examples of "superfluity".

Misplaced sympathy is the least available of superfluities, and Bernard at this time found himself thinking that there was a good deal of impertinence in the world.

Within the privacy of these pages, I wonder if his superfluity of daughters influenced Messire and the Sieur Den Munvance when Den Tadriol proposed this particular scion as candidate for the Imperial throne.

Let us suppose you can afford to give with your daughter ten thousand pounds, which would enable this young man to live with credit and reputation, and engage advantageously in trade, for which you say he is well qualified, the alternative then will be, whether you would rather see her in the arms of a deserving youth whom she loves, enjoying all the comforts of life with a moderate fortune, which it will always be in your own power to improve, or tied for life to a monied man whom she detests, cursing her hard fate, and despising that superfluity of wealth, in spite of which she finds herself so truly wretched.

I showed the feeling, he would make me sensible that it was a superfluity, unrequired by him, unbecoming in me.

Rings, breastpins, and similar superfluities, are in great demand among them.

At Vienna, the empress-queen was not more solicitous in promoting the trade and internal manufactures of her dominions, by sumptuary regulations, necessary restrictions on foreign superfluities, by opening her ports in the Adriatic, and giving proper encouragement to commerce, than she was careful and provident in reforming the economy of her finances, maintaining a respectable body of forces, and guarding, by defensive alliances, against the enterprise of his Prussian majesty, on whose military power she looked with jealousy and distrust.

Not to mention a superfluity of fog machines and subwoofers far beyond anything the original design called for.

Thus determined, he packed up his necessaries in a portmanteau, attempted to amuse his creditors with promises of speedy payment, and, venturing to come forth in the dark, took a place in the Canterbury stage-coach, after having converted his superfluities into ready money.

His dress corresponds, whereas the white usurper of his territory--servile to the malignant impositions of custom and fashion--suffers from general superfluity and winces under his sufferings.

She smiled and said that one trunk would be ample for all their possessions, as they had resolved to sell all superfluities.

The street had improved a bit in recent years, but there was still a superfluity of beaten-down tenements among the head shops, wheat-grass bars, and used-record vendors.

Now he knew the spot, and would in due time guide his starving friends hither and make one great camp, where all would live in undreamt-of ease, unrealisable superfluity of food.

I looked with astonishment upon a country renowned for its fertility, and in which, in spite of nature's prodigality, my eyes met everywhere the aspect of terrible misery, the complete absence of that pleasant superfluity which helps man to enjoy life, and the degradation of the inhabitants sparsely scattered on a soil where they ought to be so numerous.

I seem to be a richer man, for she has taught me to look on everything we don't possess as a superfluity.

This done, seeing the Salvage superfluities beginne to decrease (with some of his workmen) shipped himself in the Shallop to search the country for trade.