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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The quality or condition of being superfluous.
  • n. Something superfluous: could do without such superfluities as a second car.
  • n. Overabundance; excess.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The quality or state of being superfluous; in excess or overabundance.
  • n. Something superfluous, as a luxury.
  • n. Collective noun for a group of nuns.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A greater quantity than is wanted; superabundance
  • n. The state or quality of being superfluous; excess.
  • n. Something beyond what is needed; something which serves for show or luxury.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A quantity that is superfluous or in excess; a greater quantity than is wanted; superabundance; redundancy.
  • n. That which is in excess of what is wanted; especially, something used for show or luxury rather than for comfort or from necessity; something that could easily be dispensed with.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. extreme excess

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