su·​per·​flu·​i·​ty | \ ˌsü-pər-ˈflü-ə-tē How to pronounce superfluity (audio) \
plural superfluities

Definition of superfluity

b : something unnecessary or superfluous
2 : immoderate and especially luxurious living, habits, or desires

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Examples of superfluity in a Sentence

spends most of her money on designer clothes and other superfluities a superfluity of wire coat hangers from all of those trips to the dry cleaner
Recent Examples on the Web The sequel serves up plenty for specialists to chew on, not least a Jack Nicholson look-alike—insofar as that’s possible—behind the hotel bar, yet these semi-reconstructions betray an odd sense of superfluity and strain. Anthony Lane, The New Yorker, "Boys Will Be Boys in “Ford v Ferrari”," 8 Nov. 2019 Under low light, these faded, wispy clippings from the cutting-room floor suggest a superfluity of ideas that might have supplied a lifetime of inspiration to other artists. Philip Kennicott, Washington Post, "Not every Leonardo is in the huge Louvre exhibition. What’s there, though, is brilliant.," 18 Oct. 2019 Perhaps the excess and superfluity of our present-day leaders’ clothing is a subconscious compensation for not being clothed with power from on high? Troy Patterson, The New Yorker, "The Normcore Opulence of Preachers Wearing Four-Figure Sneakers," 14 June 2019 The skull and its accompanying void inhabit a more abstract reality, a statement stripped of all superfluity. Teju Cole, New York Times, "Joel Meyerowitz’s Career Is a Minihistory of Photography," 18 Jan. 2018 Sarah Perry’s After the Eclipse, on the other hand, is stripped of superfluity. Laura Miller, Slate Magazine, "True Crime Gets Pretty," 15 Aug. 2017 And for those who are very creatively strong, who have a filter, having such a superfluity of launching pads and diving boards works out well. Bruce Sterling, WIRED, "Musica Globalista: the farewell essay by Simon Reynolds, ‘Here Comes Everything’," 2 Sep. 2011

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First Known Use of superfluity

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for superfluity

Middle English superfluitee, from Anglo-French superfluité, from Late Latin superfluitat-, superfluitas, from Latin superfluus

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“Superfluity.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Oct. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of superfluity

formal : more of something than is needed

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