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Examples of superfluous in a Sentence
- In the Imagist model, the writer is a sculptor. Technique consists of chipping away everything superfluous in order to reveal the essential form within. "It took you ninety-seven words to do it," Pound is reported to have remarked to a young literary aspirant who had handed him a new poem. "I find it could have been managed in fifty-six." —Louis Menand, New Yorker, 9 & 16 June 2008
- Oddly, despite the preponderance of superfluous words, the book has no glossary, which is a must for an introductory audience. —Dorothy Merritts, Eos, 3 Oct. 2000
- Twenty years ago, baby boomers were written about as if every one of them had as a life goal making enough money to accumulate the same superfluous material objects that everyone else had. —Calvin Trillin, Time, 6 Sept. 1999
cleared off all the superfluous stuff on his desk to make room for the new computer
Recent Examples of superfluous from the Web
Meanwhile, model Georgia Fowler got crafty, turning a coating of silver sparkles into a glittering disco top, her mussed bun and tinted pout rendering real clothes superfluous.
In their dynamic drawings—the old man’s in black and white and the boy’s in color—the two find a joyful place of encounter where words are superfluous.
First, police already have substantial protections under federal and state law, rendering this bill superfluous.
The animal experiments in the study are superfluous and repulsive.
After the sluggish and superfluous Phantom Menace and Attack of the Clones, writer-director George Lucas finds his lightsaber once again for this dramatically cogent and highly satisfying finale to the Star Wars saga.
That purpose has been particularly tested for Gregorius, who was blocked at shortstop by Zack Cozart — now Simmons’s teammate — in Cincinnati, and considered superfluous with the Diamondbacks, who had Nick Ahmed and Chris Owings at shortstop.
Google already provides its own protections against malicious links within Chrome, so Microsoft’s addition does seem superfluous.
The mercurial veteran center seemed superfluous in Golden State.
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Did You Know?
If you think that superfluous must mean "extra 'fluous,'" along the pattern of such words as superabsorbent and superabundant, you're not far off. Superfluous comes from the Latin adjective superfluus, meaning literally "running over" or "overflowing." Superfluus, in turn, derives from the combination of the prefix super- (meaning "over" or "more") and fluere, "to flow." (Fluere also gave us fluid, fluent, and influence, among others.) Since its first appearance in English in the 15th century, superfluous has referred to an "overflowing" of some supply, as of time or words, which hearkens back to its Latin origins.
SUPERFLUOUS Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of superfluous for English Language Learners
: beyond what is needed : not necessary
SUPERFLUOUS Defined for Kids
Word Root of superfluous
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