excess - definition and synonyms


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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:

    Tests subsequently revealed an excess of alcohol in the driver’s blood.

  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.
      behaviour that you consider to be wrong because it is too extreme

      the usual excesses of the rock-star lifestyle

  3. 3
    [singular] business British an amount of money that someone has to pay towards the cost of something, when an insurance company is going to pay the rest of the cost. The usual American word is deductible

    Most policies carry a £50 excess.

  4. 4
    [uncountable] formal a way of behaving in which you do dangerous or extreme things

    The rest of the family led a life of excess.