What is the difference between excessive and surfeit?
As a adjective excessive
is exceeding the usual bounds of something; extravagant; immoderate.
As a noun surfeit is
(countable) an excessive amount of something.
As a verb surfeit is
to fill to excess.
Exceeding the usual bounds of something; extravagant; immoderate.
- "I personally consider putting a wide vibrato on a single 16th triplet note at 160 beats per minute rather excessive , nay even stupid."
* See also
* excessive number
(countable) An excessive amount of something.
(uncountable) Overindulgence in either food or drink; overeating.
- A surfeit of wheat is driving down the price.
(countable) A sickness or condition caused by overindulgence.
- Now comes the sick hour that his surfeit made.
- King Henry I is said to have died of a surfeit of lampreys.
Disgust caused by excess; satiety.
- to prevent surfeit and other diseases that are incident to those that heat their blood by travels
* Sir Philip Sidney
- Matter and argument have been supplied abundantly, and even to surfeit .
- Now for similitudes in certain printed discourses, I think all herbalists, all stories of beasts, fowls, and fishes are rifled up, that they may come in multitudes to wait upon any of our conceits, which certainly is as absurd a surfeit to the ears as is possible.
* (excessive amount of something) excess, glut, overabundance, superfluity, surplus
* (overindulgence in food or drink) gluttony, overeating, overindulgence
To fill to excess.
* 1610 , , act 3 scene 3
*:You are three men of sin, whom Destiny,
*:That hath to instrument this lower world
*:And what is in't,—the never-surfeited sea
*:Hath caused to belch up you;
To feed someone to excess.
(reflexive) To overeat or feed to excess.
*1906 , O. Henry,
*:To the door of this, the twelfth house whose bell he had rung, came a housekeeper who made him think of an unwholesome, surfeited worm that had eaten its nut to a hollow shell and now sought to fill the vacancy with edible lodgers.
(reflexive) To sicken from overindulgence.
- She surfeited her children on sweets.
* (to fill to excess) fill, stuff
* (to feed someone to excess) overfeed, stuff
* (to overeat or feed to excess) indulge, overeat, overfeed
* (to sicken from overindulgence) sicken