• Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Surfeiting eating overmuch: gluttony
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  • Heraclitus
    “God is day and night, winter and summer, war and peace, surfeit and hunger.”


Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. surfait, excess, sorfaire, to augment—L. super, above, facĕre, to make.


In literature:

Excess of indulgence results in the pain of surfeit and the extinction of affection.
"The Physical Life of Woman:" by Dr. George H Napheys
Cap had had such a surfeit of adventures that she was fain to lie by and rest upon her laurels.
"Capitola's Peril" by Mrs. E.D.E.N. Southworth
She was ready to meet love with a surfeit of the rich gifts which she had at her command.
""Unto Caesar"" by Baroness Emmuska Orczy
Can we therefore surfeit on this delicate ambrosia?
"Library of the World's Best Literature, Ancient and Modern — Volume 11" by Various
I was surfeited before the war.
"Black Oxen" by Gertrude Franklin Horn Atherton
Pleasant things are apt to surfeit, and you may hinder your journey to the court.
"Children's Literature" by Charles Madison Curry
He was not surfeited.
"Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine - Volume 62, No. 384, October 1847" by Various
Surfeits slay mair than swords.
"The Proverbs of Scotland" by Alexander Hislop
The point was that to you they were crumbs, while we had a surfeit.
"Hopes and Fears scenes from the life of a spinster" by Charlotte M. Yonge
The wealthy surfeit of their wealth, Grudging the ploughman's strength and health.
"Fables of John Gay" by John Gay

In poetry:

HE. Specious foil!
That parries every stroke before 'tis made.
Yet surfeit's self doth not more surely cloy
Than endless fasting.
"A Dialogue At Fiesole" by Alfred Austin
They'll come too soon.—But there's a vice,
That shares the world's contempt no less;
To be in eating over-nice,
Or to court surfeits by excess.
"Moderation In Diet" by Charles Lamb
II. Till surfeit drove him from the feast,
And, pleasure-cloy'd , the tiny rover
Fled his idol rose's breast,
O'er the harp's still chords to hover.
"The Musical Fly" by Sydney Owenson
For the close—fitting doors that are barred,
Lest the vagrant should whine for bread,
And the yawn of the slinking pard
That hath gorged and surfeited.
"A Te Deum" by Alfred Austin
So when they had reached a pub safely
And a nice fire was warming their feet
The king asked 'Hast got any lampreys?
Then bring us two surfeits, toot sweet.'
"King John" by Stanley Holloway
How shocking! what a thirst he has for killing!
Outrageous, fell, revengeful he appears,
His blade still warm, not surfeited with spilling
The blood of thousands for six thousand years!
"To Charity" by Thomas Odiorne

In news:

The Class of 1958 may have been limited in production thanks to the recession, but today they provide a surfeit of interest for enthusiasts.
A month into the ongoing Horton Foote Festival on local stages, the surfeit of antimacassars and rocking chairs in these folksy , G-rated works is wearing me to a nubbin.
This first feature by character actor/theater director Terry Kinney addresses, once again, America's apparent surfeit of sweet- souled losers and eccentrics, replete with rueful indie muzak.
In Europe, a Possible Surfeit of Airlines.
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.
The juice's high carbohydrate load causes a surfeit of water to enter the intestines.
The pleasures of indulgence yield the worry of surfeit.
Chef Sergio Leoni serves Italian classics—seafood risotto, grilled sea bass and fennel—in a stylish setting, with formal service (an especially solicitous waitstaff, a surfeit of white linen).
There seems to be a surfeit of ska music in the coming months.

In science:

It is somewhat surprising that there should be a surfeit of extraglactic sources when the assumed origin of the observed cosmic radiation at these energies is Galactic (albeit the detections are aided by relativistic beaming!).
TeV Gamma-ray Observations and the Origin of Cosmic Rays: I
ASKAP will most likely suffer from a surfeit of transient and variable sources.
Science with ASKAP - the Australian Square Kilometre Array Pathfinder