• WordNet 3.6
    • adj excessive beyond normal limits "excessive charges","a book of inordinate length","his dress stops just short of undue elegance","unreasonable demands"
    • adj excessive unrestrained, especially with regard to feelings "extravagant praise","exuberant compliments","overweening ambition","overweening greed"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Chances of a women getting breast cancer are increased by excesseive use of alcohol
    • a Excessive ĕk*sĕs"ĭv Characterized by, or exhibiting, excess; overmuch. "Excessive grief [is] the enemy to the living."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Ivory bar soap floating was a mistake. They had been mixing the soap formula causing excess air bubbles that made it float. Customers wrote and told how much they loved that it floated, and it has floated ever since
    • excessive Exceeding the usual or proper limit, degree, measure, or proportion; being in excess of what is requisite or proper; going beyond what is sanctioned by correct principles; immoderate; extravagant; unreasonable; as, excessive bulk; excessive labor; excessive charges; excessive vanity; excessive indulgence.
    • excessive Synonyms Immense, etc. (see enormous); superabundant, superfluous; inordinate, outrageous, extreme; intemperate, violent.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The fastest bird in the world is the Peregrine Falcon, which can reach speeds in excess of two hundred miles per hour
    • adj Excessive beyond what is right and proper: immoderate: violent
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  • Proverb
    “We pay when old for the excesses of youth.”
  • John Selden
    “It's not the drinking to be blamed, but the excess.”
  • Proverb
    “People who have little to do are excessive talkers.”
  • Francis Bacon
    “In charity there is no excess.”
  • Plutarch
    “Courage stands halfway between cowardice and rashness, one of which is a lack, the other an excess of courage.”
  • Francois De La Rochefoucauld
    “There are crimes which become innocent and even glorious through their splendor, number and excess.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Cf. F. excessif,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. excessusexcedĕre, excessum, to go beyond.


In literature:

Excessive shyness must be overcome as an obstacle to perfect manners.
"Pushing to the Front" by Orison Swett Marden
What steps are taken to prevent excessive home study?
"Civics and Health" by William H. Allen
Although generally a very merry, good-natured fellow, this had made him excessively irate.
"In the Eastern Seas" by W.H.G. Kingston
On the 15th of November they landed at the excessively dirty town of King Forday, situated in the middle of a marsh.
"Great African Travellers" by W.H.G. Kingston
I have cured a number of children of excessive nervousness by giving them medicine for worms when no worms were present.
"The Eugenic Marriage, Volume IV. (of IV.)" by Grant Hague
The sun, too, had now become excessively hot, and the only coverings they had for their heads were straw hats.
"The Three Admirals" by W.H.G. Kingston
The next thing to be noticed is the excessive hunger.
"Papers on Health" by John Kirk
The sand was very deep, and the heat of the sun excessive, for it was then about noon.
"The Privateersman" by Frederick Marryat
The indignation of Brandon was excessive.
"Rattlin the Reefer" by Edward Howard
In those times, manuscripts were important articles of commerce; they were excessively scarce, and preserved with the utmost care.
"Curiosities of Literature, Vol. 1 (of 3)" by Isaac D'Israeli

In poetry:

"My lack would borrow thy excess,
My feeble faith the strength of thine;
I need thy soul's white saintliness
To hide the stains of mine.
"Between The Gates" by John Greenleaf Whittier
One day that Turk he sickened sore,
And suffered agonies oppressive;
He threw himself upon the floor
And rolled about in pain excessive.
"Ben Allah Achmet, or, the Fatal Tum" by William Schwenck Gilbert
Where now is all that fearful love
Which made her hate the war's alarms?
That soft excess with which she strove
To keep her hero in her arms?
"An Ode - Presented To The King, On His Majesty's Arrival In Holland, After The Queen's Death" by Matthew Prior
And all outrageous ugliness of time,
Excess and Blasphemy and squinting Crime
Beset me, but I kept my calm sublime:
I hate them not, Nirvana.
"Nirvana" by Sidney Lanier
There was a Young Lady of Poole,
Whose soup was excessively cool;
So she put it to boil
By the aid of some oil,
That ingenious Young Lady of Poole.
"Limerick: There was a Young Lady of Poole" by Edward Lear
Such swearing and excess, O Wales!
Such shameful wrong in thee prevails,
Such sects, such heresies, and lies,
As ne'er before, since Christ, took rise.
"A Warning To The Welsh, To Repent, Wrote At The Time A Great Plague Rag'd In London" by Rees Prichard

In news:

After watching a news story on CBS Sunday Morning about excessive cell phone usage, Laura Duncan's husband Sean challenged her to spend 24 hours without her beloved cell phone.
I strongly disagree with Peter Beard's Sept 13 letter claiming there is no problem with excessive smoking at the state fair.
As a mother of a 3-year-old child, the excessive smoking became my main concern as we walked through the fairgrounds.
Some experts believe excessive use of the Internet, cellphones and other technologies can cause us to become more impatient, impulsive, forgetful and even more narcissistic.
It isn't a surprise to anyone who attended the Naples Winter Wine Festival that the best wine lots received auction bids far in excess of what the wines could be purchased for on the open market.
It provides in excess of 30% more light and the same calibrated color quality with the same size and weight.
Excess frugality by employers, however, could backfire in the long run.
The Journal scoops that Obama is formulating a broad plan to regulate pay in the financial industry to make sure incentives don't encourage the kind of excess risk-taking that's blown up the economy.
Greed, Excess and America's Gaping Class Divide.
From cellphones to excessive charcoal on the barbeque.
Reliance Industries Ltd, India's largest private sector company with annual revenues in excess of $66 billion, has begun construction of a $12-billion coke gasification plant.
Those still suffering burnout from all those excessive-heat warnings might find the following a refreshing change.
A "telltale" red thread woven into the rope indicates excessive wear.
"Excessive harmonics can interfere with pump instrumentation," King says.
Holiday season is known—in the abundant countries at least—as a season of excess eating.

In science:

Evidence that L2 Pup is losing mass comes from its infrared excess, the detection of circumstellar molecules, and its large, time-varying optical polarization.
The Very Slow Wind From the Pulsating Semiregular Red Giant L2 Pup
Some red giants in 47 Tuc with roughly the same luminosity as L2 Pup do not exhibit any 12 µm excess (Ramdani & Jorissen 2001). A similar result is found for red giants in the neighborhood of the Sun (Jura et al. 2001).
The Very Slow Wind From the Pulsating Semiregular Red Giant L2 Pup
Note the seemingly excessive extra pair of angle brackets in the middle; they actually simplify things, as will be shown below.
Using Tree Automata and Regular Expressions to Manipulate Hierarchically Structured Data
Spohn: Excess noise for driven diffusive systems.
$(\log t)^{2/3}$ law of the two dimensional asymmetric simple exclusion process
The phase diagram of the prototype antiferroelectric liquid crystal MHPOBC in dependence of enantiomeric excess was measured.
General phase diagram for antiferroelectric liquid crystals in dependence on enantiomeric excess