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Eliminate superfluous words.
  more than is needed, desired, or required
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superfluous superfluously
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  • Eliminate superfluous words.
  • Everyone liked the idea. The arguments I prepared to support it were superfluous.
  • Her husband was simply a superfluous and tiresome person.
    Tolstoy, Leo  --  Anna Karenina
  • That request seemed superfluous when I wrote it.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  The Great Gatsby

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  • One of the most infuriating habits of these people was their love of superfluous words, he thought.
    Chinua Achebe  --  Things Fall Apart
  • He never took one step too many, and always went to his destination by the shortest cut; he made no superfluous gestures, and was never seen to be moved or agitated.
    Jules Verne  --  Around the World in 80 Days
  • religious sentiment is superfluous.
    Aldous Huxley  --  Brave New World
  • We will be superfluous even to ourselves, we will grow older, a few will adapt themselves, some others will merely submit, and most will be bewildered;—the years will pass by and in the end we shall fall into ruin.
    Erich Maria Remarque  --  All Quiet on the Western Front
  • He was in perfect condition, without an ounce of superfluous flesh
    Jack London  --  The Call of the Wild
  • So don’t waste time with superfluous questions.
    Ralph Ellison  --  Invisible Man

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  • She knew Mrs. Peter Blewett only by sight as a small, shrewish-faced woman without an ounce of superfluous flesh on her bones.
    Lucy Maud Montgomery  --  Anne Of Green Gables
  • For this reason, many things had become superfluous which, although they could not be sold, the family did not wish to discard.
    Franz Kafka  --  Metamorphosis
  • The entire manoeuvre proved superfluous; no one came except Lewicki, who looked in towards evening, both curious and anxious to find out how I was.
    Wladyslaw Szpilman  --  The Pianist
  • I plainly perceive that for Nippers, brandy and water were altogether superfluous.
    Herman Melville  --  Bartleby, the Scrivener: a Story of Wall Street
  • From his mother he had inherited the heavier proportions of the dog, so that he weighed, without any fat and without an ounce of superfluous flesh, over ninety pounds.
    Jack London  --  White Fang
  • From the reservoir thus made we led the water down by pipes into the turtle’s shell, which we placed near our dwelling, and from which the superfluous water flowed off through the hole made in it by Fritz’s harpoon.
    Johann Wyss  --  The Swiss Family Robinson
  • Most men ... are so occupied with the ... superfluously coarse labors of life that its finer fruits cannot be plucked by them.
    Henry David Thoreau  --  Walden
  • After sixteen hours of labor, they were all exhausted—Lacy, the patient, and the father-to-be, who was facing zero-hour with the dawning realization that he was superfluous, that right now, his wife wanted her midwife much more than she wanted him.
    Jodi Picoult  --  Nineteen Minutes
  • No mouths, no sex organs— all these were superfluous.
    Michael Crichton  --  The Andromeda Strain
  • He contented himself with merely drinking his coffee and letting Mrs. Grubach feel that she was superfluous.
    Franz Kafka  --  The Trial
  • ...lovers to have ..." I relish that last phrase. Its awkwardness (the "to have" seems superfluous) gives it substance and heft.
    Susanna Kaysen  --  Girl Interrupted
  • I have no superfluous leisure; my stay must be stolen out of other affairs;
    William Shakespeare  --  Measure for Measure
  • various superfluous institutions
    Leo Tolstoy  --  The Death of Ivan Ilych
  • The dog took no notice, for he had arrived at an age at which all superfluous barking was cynically avoided as a waste of breath
    Thomas Hardy  --  Far from the Madding Crowd
  • If, therefore, all the steps taken by the duke be considered, it will be seen that he laid solid foundations for his future power, and I do not consider it superfluous to discuss them, because I do not know what better precepts to give a new prince than the example of his actions;
    Nicolo Machiavelli  --  The Prince
  • I saw myself as a dead-weary pilgrim, dragging myself across the desert of the other world, laden with the many superfluous books I had written,
    Hermann Hesse  --  Steppenwolf
  • purchas’d at a superfluous rate!
    William Shakespeare  --  Henry VIII
  • superfluous kings
    William Shakespeare  --  Antony and Cleopatra
  • we see cold wisdom waiting on superfluous folly.
    William Shakespeare  --  All’s Well That Ends Well
  • I see no reason why thou shouldst be so superfluous to demand the time of the day.
    William Shakespeare  --  Henry IV, Part 1
  • I do not feel that the dignity of the court will suffer if we remove a few superfluous outer garments.
    Jerome Lawrence and Robert E. Lee  --  Inherit the Wind
  • that superfluous case
    William Shakespeare  --  Love’s Labour’s Lost
  • How superfluous, how intrusive, he would be, if he were to force his way...
    Henrik Ibsen  --  Hedda Gabler
  • I saw no whipping going on, but a couple of big, old Vikings were roaring away, giving mostly superfluous orders and pushing people around.
    Katherine Applegate  --  Everworld - Search For Senna
  • She did everything that was needed — cooked, washed, mended, made the bed, swept the floor, dusted the mantelpiece — always very slowly and with a curious lack of superfluous motion,
    George Orwell  --  1984
  • Give, me superfluous death.
    William Shakespeare  --  Hamlet, Prince of Denmark
  • Our basest beggars are in the poorest thing superfluous.
    William Shakespeare  --  King Lear
  • It puts to rest many questions which he would otherwise be taxed to answer; while the only new question which it puts is the hard but superfluous one, how to...
    Henry David Thoreau  --  Resistance to Civil Government
  • Very junior, quite superfluous, on good behavior, and extremely temporary; we would revert to cadet when we got back and could be busted at any time by the officers examining us.
    Robert A. Heinlein  --  Starship Troopers
  • Though the language is ambiguous, a second watchman is not mentioned again and would be superfluous.
    Unknown  --  The Epic of Gilgamesh
  • But these messages aren’t, like, superfluous.
    Dave Eggers  --  The Circle
  • The reason was not given, but it would have been superfluous in any case.
    Farley Mowat  --  Never Cry Wolf
  • "Superfluous," advised the count.
    Norton Juster  --  The Phantom Tollbooth
  • Any rules after that were largely superfluous.
    David Baldacci  --  Zero Day
  • One of his major themes was "superfluous Jews," and he scribbled away at length about the matter of "population transfer" and "expatriation."
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • The look she would give him was this, the one Brad was giving him now — that of gazing upon a human who was more burden than boon, more harm than good, irrelevant, superfluous to the forward progress of the world.
    Dave Eggers  --  A Hologram for the King
  • I think he feels . superfluous to your life.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Lost Souls
  • But not a line seemed superfluous, not a needed plane was missing.
    Ayn Rand  --  The Fountainhead
  • But on this occasion the precaution was superfluous, and everything proceeded with the utmost smoothness and politeness.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Count of Monte Cristo
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