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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

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

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

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

Pride and excess bring disaster for man.
Xun Zi

Tough times helped many commodities producers become lean and mean through consolidation, mergers and cost-cutting. All that excess supply has been sopped up.
Jim Rogers
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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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