V2 Vocabulary Building Dictionary


noun, verb

Definition: (n.) an amount that exceeds what is necessary; (v.) to overfeed or overfill

Synonyms: (n.) excess, overabundance, satiety, surplus, profusion, (v.) overfill, overfeed, gorge, stuff

Antonyms: (n.) deficiency, lack

Tips: Surfeit is derived from the Old French surfet, which means "excess." Surfeit can be used as both a noun and a verb (see usage examples) and always refers to an amount that is excessive. For a memory trick, note how surfeit looks and sounds like "surf feast." Then think of a "surf feast" as a wave of food pouring over a table that already had enough food.

Usage Examples:

She researched new cars online because she found a surfeit of information there. (overabundance, excess) noun

When I finish this diet, I am going to surfeit my appetite. (overfill, stuff, gorge) verb

The chairperson could not adequately answer the surfeit of questions at the board meeting. (overabundance, excess) noun

The buffet contained such a surfeit of food that it was difficult not to gorge oneself. (overabundance, profusion) noun

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