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superfluity

[soo-per-floo-i-tee] /ˌsu pərˈflu ɪ ti/
noun, plural superfluities.
1.
the state of being superfluous.
2.
a superabundant or excessive amount.
3.
something superfluous, as a luxury.
Origin
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English superfluite < Old French < Latin superfluitās. See superfluous, -ity
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  • Of course, one is supposed to edit out these superfluities of styling.
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British Dictionary definitions for superfluities

superfluity

/ˌsuːpəˈfluːɪtɪ/
noun
1.
the condition of being superfluous
2.
a quantity or thing that is in excess of what is needed
3.
a thing that is not needed
Word Origin
C14: from Old French superfluité, via Late Latin from Latin superfluussuperfluous
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Word Origin and History for superfluities

superfluity

n.

late 14c., from Old French superfluite (12c.), from Medieval Latin superfluitas, from superfluus (see superfluous).

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