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Synonyms of 'excess'

(noun) 
Definition
more than normal, necessary, or permitted
Avoid an excess of sugar in your diet.
Synonyms
surfeit
Rationing had put an end to a surfeit of biscuits long ago.
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surplus
The country suffers from a surplus of lawyers.
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overdose
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overflow
Tents have been set up next to hospitals to handle the overflow.
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overload
An overload of stress can hold you back in your career.
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plethora
A plethora of books have been written on the subject.
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glut
There's a glut of agricultural products in Western Europe.
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overabundance
Dairy farmers produce an overabundance of milk, keeping prices down.
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superabundance
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superfluity
a superfluity of five-star hotels
Opposites
(noun) 
Definition
behaviour regarded as too extreme or immoral to be acceptable
He had led a life of excess.
Synonyms
overindulgence
His condition is the natural consequence of a lifetime's overindulgence.
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extravagance
the ridiculous extravagance of his claims
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profligacy
The country's main problem is fiscal profligacy.
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debauchery
The police were called to quell scenes of violence and debauchery.
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dissipation
Her face was a revelation of age and dissipation.
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indulgence
Sadly, constant indulgence can be a costly affair.
, ,
extreme behaviour
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immoral behaviour
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dissoluteness
, , ,
unrestraint
Opposites
(adjective) 
After cooking the fish, pour off any excess fat.
Synonyms
spare
They don't have a lot of spare cash.
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remaining
Stir in the remaining ingredients.
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extra
This exercise will help you burn up any extra calories.
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additional
Additional troops have been sent to the region.
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surplus
Few people have large sums of surplus cash.
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unwanted
Community purchases of unwanted beef create a new beef mountain.
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redundant
the conversion of redundant buildings to residential use
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residual
residual radiation from nuclear weapons
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leftover
Leftover chicken makes a wonderful salad.
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superfluous
My presence at the afternoon's proceedings was superflous.
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unneeded

phrase

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Quotations

Moderation is a fatal thing.
Nothing succeeds like excess
[Oscar WildeA Woman of No Importance]
Too much of a good thing can be wonderful [Mae WestGoodness Had Nothing To Do With It]In excess, craving and revulsion alternate [Mason CooleyCity Aphorisms]The road of excess leads to the palace of wisdom [William BlakeThe Marriage of Heaven and Hell]

proverbs

Too many cooks spoil the broth
You can have too much of a good thing

Additional synonyms

in the sense of additional
Additional troops have been sent to the region.
Synonyms
new,
increased,
appended,
add-on,
over-and-above
in the sense of debauchery
Definition
excessive drunkenness or sexual activity
The police were called to quell scenes of violence and debauchery.
in the sense of dissipation
Definition
unrestrained indulgence in physical pleasures
Her face was a revelation of age and dissipation.
Synonyms

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