Superfluous vs Plethora - What's the difference?

superfluous | plethora |

As an adjective superfluous

is in excess of what is required or sufficient.

As a noun plethora is

(usually|followed by of) an excessive amount or number; an abundance.




  • In excess of what is required or sufficient.
  • With a full rain suit, carrying an umbrella may be superfluous .


    * excessive, extraneous, extra, pleonastic, supernumerary, surplus, unnecessary, extravagant

    Coordinate terms

    * gratuitous




    (en noun)
  • (usually, followed by of) An excessive amount or number; an abundance.
  • The menu offers a plethora of cuisines from around the world.
  • * Jeffrey
  • He labours under a plethora of wit and imagination.
  • (medicine, archaic) An excess of red blood cells or bodily humours.
  • Quotations

    * 1849 , *: I pushed my seat right up before the most insolent gazer, a short fat man, with a plethora of cravat round his neck, and fixing my gaze on his, gave him more gazes than he sent. * 1927 , (The Aftermath of Gothic Fiction) *: Meanwhile other hands had not been idle, so that above the dreary plethora of trash like Marquis von Grosse's Horrid Mysteries ..., there arose many memorable weird works both in English and German.


    * glut, myriad, surfeit, superfluity, slew

    See also

    * myriad


    * “ plethora]” listed in the [2nd Ed.; 1989
    Pronounced: .


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