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


1 noun
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.

in excess of something

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

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.


[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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