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an excessive amount of something
  • How to Memorize
    • surfeit - excess
  • Analysis

    A ‘surfeit’ of something is an overabundance of it. Even though having too much of something can be a good thing in some cases, this word tends to be used only when the result is a negative one. For example, in the case of food, the term is associated with consuming too much of something to the point that you feel physically sick.

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    Synonymsplethorasurplus, overabundance,
    Antonymsdearthshortage, deficiency,
  • Example(s)
    1. We have a surfeit of candidates for the job. There’s no way we will have time to interview all of them.

    2. There was a surfeit of food at the banquet, and I ate so much that I made myself feel sick!

    3. It’s hard to come to a swift conclusion when there is such a surfeit of information that needs sifting through.