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Definition of Excess


  1. The state of surpassing or going beyond limits; the being of a measure beyond sufficiency, necessity, or duty; that which exceeds what is usual or prover; immoderateness; superfluity; superabundance; extravagance; as, an excess of provisions or of light.
  2. An undue indulgence of the appetite; transgression of proper moderation in natural gratifications; intemperance; dissipation.
  3. The degree or amount by which one thing or number exceeds another; remainder; as, the difference between two numbers is the excess of one over the other.

Excess Quotations

Pride and excess bring disaster for man.
Xun Zi

The road of excess leads to the palace of wisdom.
William Blake

Moderation is a fatal thing. Nothing succeeds like excess.
Oscar Wilde

I never smoke to excess - that is, I smoke in moderation, only one cigar at a time.
Mark Twain

Where an excess of power prevails, property of no sort is duly respected. No man is safe in his opinions, his person, his faculties, or his possessions.
James Madison
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Excess Translations

excess in Italian is eccedenza, eccedenza
excess in Latin is redundo
excess in Spanish is exceso
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