surfeit

  • 1 Surfeit — Sur feit, n. [OE. surfet, OF. surfait, sorfait, excess, arrogance, crime, fr. surfaire, sorfaire, to augment, exaggerate, F. surfaire to overcharge; sur over + faire to make, do, L. facere. See {Sur }, and {Fact}.] 1. Excess in eating and… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 2 Surfeit — Sur feit, v. i. 1. To load the stomach with food, so that sickness or uneasiness ensues; to eat to excess. [1913 Webster] They are as sick that surfeit with too much as they that starve with nothing. Shak. [1913 Webster] 2. To indulge to satiety… …

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  • 3 Surfeit — Sur feit, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Surfeited}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Surfeiting}.] 1. To feed so as to oppress the stomach and derange the function of the system; to overfeed, and produce satiety, sickness, or uneasiness; often reflexive; as, to surfeit… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 4 surfeit — [n] excess bellyful*, glut*, overabundance, overflow, overfullness, overindulgence, overkill, overmuch, overplus, plenitude, plethora, profusion, remainder, repletion, satiety, satisfaction, saturation, superabundance, superfluity, surplus, up to …

    New thesaurus

  • 5 surfeit — [sʉr′fit] n. [ME surfet < OFr sorfait < sorfaire, to overdo < LL * superficere < L super (see SUPER ) + facere, to make, DO1] 1. too great an amount or supply; excess (of) [a surfeit of compliments] 2. overindulgence, esp. in food or… …

    English World dictionary

  • 6 Surfeit — is a human gene cluster that consists of a group of very tightly linked genes on chromosome 9 that do not share sequence similarity. Genes in this cluster are numbered 1 through 6: SURF1, SURF2, SURF3, SURF4, SURF5, and SURF6 …

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  • 7 surfeit — I noun avalanche, deluge, excess, excessive amount, fullness, glut, inundation, nimiety, overabundance, overdose, overflow, overfullness, overload, oversupply, plenty, profuseness, profusion, redundance, repletion, satiation, satietas, satiety,… …

    Law dictionary

  • 8 surfeit — (n.) early 14c., excess quantity; late 14c., overindulgence, from O.Fr. surfet excess, noun use of pp. of surfaire overdo, from sur over + faire do, from L. facere to make (see FACTITIOUS (Cf. factitious)). The verb is first recorded late 14c …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 9 surfeit — vb *satiate, sate, cloy, pall, glut, gorge Antonyms: whet …

    New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • 10 surfeit — ► NOUN 1) an excess. 2) archaic an illness caused by excessive eating or drinking. ► VERB (surfeited, surfeiting) 1) cause to be wearied of something through excess. 2) archaic overeat …

    English terms dictionary

  • 11 surfeit — sur|feit [ sɜrfıt ] noun a surfeit of something FORMAL too much of something: a surfeit of wine a surfeit of gossip …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 12 surfeit — /serr fit/, n. 1. excess; an excessive amount: a surfeit of speechmaking. 2. excess or overindulgence in eating or drinking. 3. an uncomfortably full or crapulous feeling due to excessive eating or drinking. 4. general disgust caused by excess or …

    Universalium

  • 13 surfeit — 1. noun /ˈsɜː.fɪt,ˈsɝː.fɪt/ a) An excessive amount of something. A surfeit of wheat is driving down the price. b) Overindulgence in either food or drink; overeating. King Henry I is said to have died of a surf …

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  • 14 surfeit — sur|feit [ˈsə:fıt US ˈsə:r ] n formal [Date: 1200 1300; : Old French; Origin: surfaire to overdo , from sur ( SURCHARGE) + faire to do ] a surfeit of sth an amount of something that is too large or that is more than you need = ↑excess ▪ a surfeit …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 15 surfeit — [[t]sɜ͟ː(r)fɪt[/t]] N SING: usu N of n A surfeit of something is an amount which is too large. [FORMAL] Rationing had put an end to a surfeit of biscuits long ago. Syn: surplus, excess …

    English dictionary

  • 16 surfeit — noun formal a surfeit of sth an amount of something that is too large or that is more than you need: a surfeit of food and drink …

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • 17 surfeit — /ˈsɜfət / (say serfuht) noun 1. excess; an excessive amount: *A surfeit of female company drives any female mad. –sue rhodes, 1968. 2. excess in eating or drinking. 3. oppression or disorder of the system due to excessive eating or drinking. 4.… …

    Australian English dictionary

  • 18 surfeit — I. noun Etymology: Middle English surfet, from Anglo French, from surfaire to overdo, from sur + faire to do, from Latin facere more at do Date: 14th century 1. an overabundant supply ; excess 2. an intemperate or immoderate indulgence in… …

    New Collegiate Dictionary

  • 19 surfeit — I (New American Roget s College Thesaurus) n. excess, glut, superfluity, superabundance, plethora; satiety, repletion, engorgement. See sufficiency. Ant., lack, dearth. II (Roget s IV) n. Syn. surplus, superfluity, profusion; see excess 1 ,… …

    English dictionary for students

  • 20 surfeit — noun 1》 an excess. 2》 archaic an illness caused or regarded as being caused by excessive eating or drinking. verb (surfeits, surfeiting, surfeited) 1》 make (someone) weary of something through excess. 2》 archaic overeat. Origin ME: from OFr.… …

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