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Superfluous, 1) overflowing, exuberant: the love I dedicate your lordship is without end; whereof this pamphlet, without beginning, is but a s. moiety, Lucr. Ded. 2 (a part, as it were, running over). “that their hot blood may spin in English eyes, and dout them with s. courage,” H5 IV, 2, 11.
2) exuberant, too great: “a proper title of a peace, and purchased at a s. rate,” H8 I, 1, 99.
3) more than enough; unnecessary, useless: “I have no s. leisure,” Meas. III, 1, 158. “that s. case that hid the worse and showed the better face,” LLL V, 2, 387. “this abundance of s. breath,” John II, 148. “this 'once again' was once s.” IV, 2, 4. “s. branches we lop away,” R2 III, 4, 63. “why thou shouldst be so s. to demand the time of the day,” H4A I, 2, 12. “it were s.” H4B III, 2, 154. “our s. lacqueys,” H5 IV, 2, 26. “this, like to a murdering-piece, in many places gives me s. death,” Hml. IV, 5, 96. “which had s. kings for messengers,” Ant. III, 12, 5. “to say you're welcome were s.” Per. II, 3, 2.
4) having more than enough, living in abundance: “cold wisdom waiting on s. folly,” All's I, 1, 116. “our basest beggars are in the poorest thing s.” Lr. II, 4, 268. “let the s. and lust-dieted man . . . feel your power,” IV, 1, 70. “their s. riots,” Per. I, 4, 54.
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