Superfluousness

Definitions

  • Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • ns Superfluousness superfluity
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Quotations

  • Plutarch
    Plutarch
    “Nothing is cheap which is superfluous, for what one does not need, is dear at a penny.”
  • Michelangelo
    Michelangelo
    “Beauty is the purgation of superfluities.”
  • Seneca
    Seneca
    “It is the superfluous things for which men sweat.”
  • Ingrid Bergman
    Ingrid Bergman
    “A kiss is a lovely trick designed by nature to stop speech when words become superfluous.”
  • Oscar Wilde
    Oscar%20Wilde
    “If a man needs an elaborate tombstone in order to remain in the memory of his country, it is clear that his living at all was an act of absolute superfluity.”
  • Voltaire
    Voltaire
    “The superfluous is very necessary.”

Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. superfluussuper, above, fluĕre, to flow.

Usage

In literature:

These are superfluous questions.
"The Framework of Home Rule" by Erskine Childers
When we see by example how few are the necessaries of life, we learn what madness there is in so much superfluity.
"Notes to Shakespeare, Volume III: The Tragedies" by Samuel Johnson
Their zeal proved superfluous.
"Far to Seek" by Maud Diver
Such exercise of devotion is essentially superfluous and a rather humorous imposition upon the world.
"Preaching and Paganism" by Albert Parker Fitch
It is not by rudely cutting out that crowding is to be prevented, but by timely pinching out every shoot that is likely to prove superfluous.
"The Culture of Vegetables and Flowers From Seeds and Roots, 16th Edition" by Sutton and Sons
He still retained the consciousness, half amused, half hurt, that his father considered him superfluous.
"Jewel's Story Book" by Clara Louise Burnham
Superfluous troops detached from garrison duty in the Lombard towns were drafted across the hills to Tuscany.
"Renaissance in Italy, Volumes 1 and 2" by John Addington Symonds
Not until we see what may be "done without" do we realize how much that is superfluous crowds our floors.
"The Complete Home" by Various
Suckers too, or superfluous side-shoots (charang), which spring luxuriantly, are to be plucked away.
"The History of Sumatra" by William Marsden
But what a monument is that, where the masterpieces of the human mind appear superfluous ornaments!
"Corinne, Volume 1 (of 2)" by Mme de Stael
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In poetry:

Such fond superfluousness of strength
In wall and wood
As his half-wise, half-fearful eye
Deemed only good.
"Home For Love" by John Freeman
She made her choice, the wedding bells rang clear;
The aged bridegroom figured in the Times.
The young man, after some superfluous beer,
Went forth to foreign climes.
"A Romance In The Rough" by Arthur Patchett Martin
But at a word you are nearer now than when
We sat and spoke, or merely looked and thought,
Knowing all speech superfluous then,
Since what we needed, silence brought;--
"The Thorn" by John Freeman
For winning love we win the risk of losing,
And losing love is as one's life were riven;
It cuts like contumely and keen ill-using
To cede what was superfluously given.
"Revulsion" by Thomas Hardy
Where circling rocks defend some pathless vale,
Superfluous mortal! let me ever rove;
Alas! there Echo will repeat the tale—
Where shall I find the silent scenes I love?
"Elegy XVII. He Indulges the Suggestions of Spleen.-- An Elegy to the Winds" by William Shenstone
Now, to write a sonnet, every one allows,
One must always be as quiet as a mouse;
But to write one seems to me
Quite superfluous to be,
When you 've got a little sonnet in the house.
"The Poet And The Baby" by Paul Laurence Dunbar

In news:

Its red bean "crust" added little discernible flavor, but the preparation was hardly superfluous.
Steak superfluity at Bavette 's Bar & Boeuf.
Steak superfluity at Bavette's Bar & Boeuf .
Keen on streamlining its inventories and removing superfluous skus for a more focused offering, Burlington Coat Factory delivered robust EBITDA growth during its second quarter.
The superfluity of the internet has necessitated a sharpening of the virtue of discernment.
Let's credit Gus Van Sant for squandering the capital of his egregious Good Will Hunting and Finding Forrester on sincere misfires like a superfluous shot-by-shot Psycho remake and the abstract Blair Witch gloss Gerry.
The Star's recommendation Reject superfluous change to the Missouri Constitution.
RFID to Make Thousands of Jobs Superfluous .
Writer's facts about Man of Steel superfluous .
Nicole Kidman Sells Superfluous Pad In Starchitect's Perry Street Funhouse.
Mike Nichols had the Burtons for his first film (1966), but he felt compelled to drag in so many jazzy camera tricks that Richard and Elizabeth seem largely superfluous for the first couple of reels.
For the most part, I find that the great majority suffer from a surfeit of oak, superfluity of alcohol, and countenances so fat, bold & buttery that they overpower any food with which they come in contact.
There are tons of completely superfluous things reported on Election Day as if they matter.
The first film in English for both director Roman Polanski and star Catherine Deneuve, the still-terrifying Repulsion renders language and explanation nearly superfluous.
Pros A superfluous feature is not to be found on this barbecue.
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In science:

Like in case of liquid helium at conditions of superfluity, Bose- condensation in metals and semiconductors is related to increasing of concentration of the (a)-state of primary effectons with the lowest energy and a corresponding decreasing of concentrations of all other excitations.
Hierarchic Models of Turbulence, Superfluidity and Superconductivity
Normally, interaction of these proteins blocks signal paths TRAF6, RIP1 and RIP2 for prevention of the superfluous inflammatory response (Coll 2010) (Fig. 11).
Model of pathogenesis of psoriasis. Part 1. Systemic psoriatic process
In short, Barnes objections are largely superfluous.
Defending The Fallacy of Fine-Tuning
Superfluous warnings usually can be disabled; in Java this e.g. can be done by using so called annotations .
Improving the Technical Aspects of Software Testing in Enterprises
All the other galaxies which we see, are superfluous.
Cosmology from the Top Down
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