Excess - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |ɪkˈses|  American pronunciation of the word excess
Brit.  |ɪkˈsɛs|  British pronunciation of the word excess


- a quantity much larger than is needed (syn: nimiety, surplus, surplusage)
- immoderation as a consequence of going beyond sufficient or permitted limits (syn: excessiveness, inordinateness)
- the state of being more than full (syn: overabundance, surfeit)
- excessive indulgence (syn: overindulgence)


- more than is needed, desired, or required(syn: extra, redundant, spare, supererogatory, superfluous, supernumerary, surplus)


They were equipped with an excess of provisions.

The tests found an excess of sodium in his blood.

He lived a life of excess.

The movie embraces all the worst excesses of popular American culture.

the violent excesses of the military regime

He apologized for his past excesses.

Basketball provided an outlet for their excess energy.

She is trying to eliminate excess fat and calories from her diet.

All excess is vicious.

It is also in his power to forbear excess in eating.

The charge for excess baggage was disgusting. I shall complain.

After you apply the oil, wait 20 minutes before wiping off any excess.

It was an excess of enthusiasm that caused the problem.

Cut any excess fat from the meat.

The excess dirt was carefully excavated.

Word forms

singular: excess
plural: excesses
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