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noun excess pronunciation in American English /ɪkˈses/excess pronunciation in American English /ˈekˌses/
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  1. 1
    [singular/uncountable] a larger amount of something than is usual or necessary
    Cover both sides of the meat with flour, shaking off any excess.
    excess of: an excess of oxygen in his bloodstream
  2. 2


    [plural] formal cruel or violent actions, especially when committed by a government, army, or police force
    the worst excesses of the regime
    1. a.
      behavior that you consider to be wrong because it is too extreme
      the usual excesses of the rock-star lifestyle
  3. 3
    [uncountable] formal a way of behaving in which you do dangerous or extreme things
    The rest of the family led a life of excess.
  4. 4
    [singular] business British an insurance deductible



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