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Excess, 1) superfluity, too much of a thing: Merch. III, 2, 113. All's I, 1, 67. Rom. II, 6, 33. Lr. IV, 1, 73. Interest on money called so contemptuously: Merch. I, 3, 63. With “of:” Gentl. III, 1, 220. Tw. I, 1, 2. H5 II, 2, 42. Oth. IV, 1, 100.
2) immoderate indulgence; a) intemperance: “the profit of e. is but to surfeit,” Lucr. 138. “not where want cries some, but where e. begs all,” Compl. 42. “the blood of youth burns not with such e.” LLL V, 2, 73. “shame that they wanted cunning in e., hath broke their hearts,” Tim. V, 4, 28. b) profusion: “worms, inheritors of this e.” Sonn. 146, 7. “wasteful and ridiculous e.” John IV, 2, 16.
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