Definition of superfluity in English:


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Pronunciation: /ˌsuːpəˈfluːɪti
, ˌsjuː-/

noun (plural superfluities)

  • 1An unnecessarily or excessively large amount or number of something: a superfluity of unoccupied time
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    • As a necessary consequence of the proliferation of the human species men began to depart from the simplicity of the earlier times; they sought for new means to increase the amenities of life and to acquire a superfluity of goods.
    • After all, what else can one expect, when a superfluity of worthless crooks abound?
    • In this land of efficiency there is a superfluity of interesting things to be seen.
    surplus, excess, overabundance, glut, surfeit, profusion, plethora, embarrassment, avalanche, deluge, flood, overload
  • 1.1An unnecessary thing: they thought the garrison a superfluity
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    • If our contentions are correct, it was entirely unnecessary and would have been a superfluity in the circumstances of this case to have had such a clause.
    • This is why fine writing, which is regarded as a superfluity, enters the mainstream media only when it can be translated into the prevailing terms.
    • Having an outside force influence him was a jarring superfluity.
  • 1.2 [mass noun] The state of being superfluous: servants who had nothing to do but to display their own superfluity
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    • In a definitive show of superfluity, they tried selling me tanning lotion.
    • Anything that smacked of luxury or superfluity was anathema to him.
    • In response to my post on idiomatic similes for superfluity and uselessness in German and English, several people emailed to draw my attention to common expressions such as ‘as useless as a chocolate teapot’ or ‘as a chocolate fireguard’.


late Middle English: from Old French superfluite, from late Latin superfluitas, from Latin superfluus 'running over' (see superfluous).

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