noun[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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