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

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
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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 8 Aug. 2022.

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