Definition of nimiety in English:

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Pronunciation: /nɪˈmʌɪəti/


[mass noun] literary
The state of being more than is necessary or desirable; excess: Coleridge criticized Schiller for what he called the nimiety of his blank verse
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  • There are moments in Bach when I would accuse him of nimiety, a pedantic thoroughness, more artifice than art.
  • A more serious blemish with most modern poetry, is nimiety, the tendency to dilute the general effect by repetition.
  • We now seem to live in a country that is wrestling between issues of scarcity and nimiety—in which we feel compelled to voice our concerns, complaints, and opinions.


Mid 16th century: from Latin nimietas, from nimis 'too much'.

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