a surfeit of something

formal
too much of something

a surfeit of gossip

a surfeit of wine


English dictionary. 2014.

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  • (a) surfeit of something — a surfeit of something formal phrase too much of something a surfeit of gossip a surfeit of wine Thesaurus: too much, extra and moresynonym Main entry: surfeit …   Useful english dictionary

  • surfeit — sur|feit [ sɜrfıt ] noun a surfeit of something FORMAL too much of something: a surfeit of wine a surfeit of gossip …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • surfeit — [[t]sɜ͟ː(r)fɪt[/t]] N SING: usu N of n A surfeit of something is an amount which is too large. [FORMAL] Rationing had put an end to a surfeit of biscuits long ago. Syn: surplus, excess …   English dictionary

  • surfeit — UK [ˈsɜː(r)fɪt] / US [ˈsɜrfɪt] noun a surfeit of something …   English dictionary

  • surfeit — ► NOUN 1) an excess. 2) archaic an illness caused by excessive eating or drinking. ► VERB (surfeited, surfeiting) 1) cause to be wearied of something through excess. 2) archaic overeat …   English terms dictionary

  • surfeit — 1. noun /ˈsɜː.fɪt,ˈsɝː.fɪt/ a) An excessive amount of something. A surfeit of wheat is driving down the price. b) Overindulgence in either food or drink; overeating. King Henry I is said to have died of a surf …   Wiktionary

  • surfeit — sur|feit [ˈsə:fıt US ˈsə:r ] n formal [Date: 1200 1300; : Old French; Origin: surfaire to overdo , from sur ( SURCHARGE) + faire to do ] a surfeit of sth an amount of something that is too large or that is more than you need = ↑excess ▪ a surfeit …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • surfeit — noun formal a surfeit of sth an amount of something that is too large or that is more than you need: a surfeit of food and drink …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • surfeit — I. noun Etymology: Middle English surfet, from Anglo French, from surfaire to overdo, from sur + faire to do, from Latin facere more at do Date: 14th century 1. an overabundant supply ; excess 2. an intemperate or immoderate indulgence in… …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • surfeit — noun 1》 an excess. 2》 archaic an illness caused or regarded as being caused by excessive eating or drinking. verb (surfeits, surfeiting, surfeited) 1》 make (someone) weary of something through excess. 2》 archaic overeat. Origin ME: from OFr.… …   English new terms dictionary

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