Satiated vs Surfeited - What's the difference?

satiated | surfeited |

As verbs the difference between satiated and surfeited

is that satiated is (satiate) while surfeited is (surfeit).

As an adjective satiated

is pleasantly satisfied or full, as with food.




(en adjective)
  • Pleasantly satisfied or full, as with food.
  • *{{quote-book, year=1922, author=(Ben Travers)
  • , chapter=6, title= A Cuckoo in the Nest , passage=But Sophia's mother was not the woman to brook defiance. After a few moments' vain remonstrance her husband complied. His manner and appearance were suggestive of a satiated sea-lion.}}


  • (satiate)
  • surfeited



  • (surfeit)

  • surfeit



  • (countable) An excessive amount of something.
  • A surfeit of wheat is driving down the price.
  • (uncountable) Overindulgence in either food or drink; overeating.
  • * Shakespeare
  • Now comes the sick hour that his surfeit made.
  • (countable) A sickness or condition caused by overindulgence.
  • King Henry I is said to have died of a surfeit of lampreys.
  • * Bunyan
  • to prevent surfeit and other diseases that are incident to those that heat their blood by travels
  • Disgust caused by excess; satiety.
  • * Burke
  • Matter and argument have been supplied abundantly, and even to surfeit .
  • * Sir Philip Sidney
  • 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


    (en verb)
  • 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.
  • She surfeited her children on sweets.
  • (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.
  • Synonyms

    * (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