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Definitionmore than is needed, desired, or required
- I remember that I thought it, in form, more like a riding-habit with the superfluous skirt cut off, than anything else.Chapters 13-15 (32% in)
- We talk about the tyranny of words, but we like to tyrannize over them too; we are fond of having a large superfluous establishment of words to wait upon us on great occasions; we think it looks important, and sounds well.Chapters 52-54 (31% in)
- ...that the labour and hazard of an investigation — of which the smallest results have been slowly pieced together, in the pressure of arduous avocations, under grinding penurious apprehensions, at rise of morn, at dewy eve, in the shadows of night, under the watchful eye of one whom it were superfluous to call Demon — combined with the struggle of parental Poverty to turn it, when completed, to the right account, may be as the sprinkling of a few drops of sweet water on my funeral pyre.Chapters 52-54 (39% in)
- Miss Micawber I found made snug for stormy weather, in the same manner; with nothing superfluous about her.Chapters 55-57 (66% in)
There are no more uses of "superfluous" in David Copperfield.
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