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Date: 1300-1400
Language: French
Origin: excès, from Late Latin excessus, from Latin excedere; EXCEED

excess

1 noun
     
ex‧cess1
1 [singular, uncountable] a larger amount of something than is allowed or needed:
After you apply the oil, wait 20 minutes before wiping off any excess.
excess of
It was an excess of enthusiasm that caused the problem.
2

in excess of something

more than a particular amount:
The car reached speeds in excess of 100 miles per hour.
3

do something to excess

to do something too much or too often, so that it may harm you:
Drinking is OK as long as you don't do it to excess.
4

excesses

[plural] harmful actions that are socially or morally unacceptable
excesses of
The government was unable to curb the excesses of the secret police.
the worst excesses of journalism
5 [uncountable] behaviour which is not acceptable because it is too extreme:
a long sermon against the dangers of excess

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