toggle menu
1000+ books


used in a sentence
(click/touch triangles for details)
Definition an excessive amount


eating until excessively full
  • Nor was McCandless endowed with a surfeit of common sense.
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into the Wild
surfeit = an excessive amount
  • But whereas a girl of nineteen draws her confidence from a surfeit of attention, a woman of twenty-nine is nourished on subtler stuff.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  Tender is the Night
  • To be charged with a surfeit of ambition cut deepest, it would appear.
    David McCullough  --  John Adams
  • To men like that, time was a surfeit, a barrel they watched slowly drain.
    Anthony Doerr  --  All the Light We Cannot See
  • I ate all the good food he had brought me, and I felt surfeited for the first time since I had been in durance.
    Roger Zelazny  --  Nine Princes in Amber
  • She would then have given anything for a single one of those meetings that surfeited her.
    Gustave Flaubert  --  Madame Bovary
  • He was a large and corpulent individual, surfeited with good clothes and good eating, who judged women as another would horseflesh.
    Theodore Dreiser  --  Sister Carrie
  • I didn't mean that," said Harry, whose brain felt sluggish with exhaustion and from the surfeit of food and wine.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
  • Everywhere it reflected the authoritarian spandrels of his character, from its surfeit of policemen to its strict rules against picking flowers.
    Erik Larson  --  The Devil in the White City
  • A smooth barkless tree, blackened by a surfeit of green water.
    Arundhati Roy  --  The God of Small Things
  • 1) Of insolence is bred The tyrant; insolence full blown, With empty riches surfeited, Scales the precipitous height and grasps the throne.
    Sophocles  --  Oedipus the King
  • All things have surfeit—even sleep, and love, and song, and noble dancing—things a man may wish to take his fill of, and far more than war.
    Homer  --  The Iliad
  • O, I have fed upon this woe already, And now excess of it will make me surfeit.
    William Shakespeare  --  The Two Gentlemen of Verona
  • He's full-fleshed and with a surfeit of water.
    Frank Herbert  --  Dune
  • I'm sick of the sight of this, and there's no reason you should all die of a surfeit because I've been a fool," cried Amy, wiping her eyes.
    Louisa May Alcott  --  Little Women
  • Like most fighter pilots, he had a surfeit of that.
    Tom Clancy  --  The Hunt for Red October
  • But I am sure the younger of our nature, That surfeit on their ease, will day by day Come here for physic.
    William Shakespeare  --  All's Well That Ends Well
  • Just looking at them reminds me of Christmas and the sticky feeling after eating too many, the surfeit and glut.
    Margaret Atwood  --  Cat's Eye
  • I am sure it is surfeited with babies and is now coming after adults.
    Maxine Hong Kingston  --  The Woman Warrior
  • His bark is stoutly timber'd, and his pilot Of very expert and approv'd allowance; Therefore my hopes, not surfeited to death, Stand in bold cure.
    William Shakespeare  --  Othello, the Moor of Venice

Dictionary / pronunciation — Google®Dictionary list —®
Search for other examples by interest
General — Google News®
General — Time® Magazine
General — Wikipedia®
Architecture — Google® books - Architecture
Business — Bloomberg®
Business — The Economist®
Classic Literature — Google® books - Classical Literature
Engineering — Google® books - Engineering
Engineering — Popular Mechanics®
Engineering — Discover Magazine®
Fine Arts & Music — Google® books - Art
History — Google® books - History
Human Behavior — Google® books - Psychology
Human Behavior — Psychology Today®
Law — FindLaw®
Law — Google® books - Law
Logic & Reasoning — Google® books - Reasoning
Medicine — Web MD®
Medicine — Google® books - Medicine
Nature & Ecology — National Geographic®
Nature & Ecology — Google® books - Nature
Personal Finance — Kiplinger® (Personal Finance)
Philosophy — Google® books - Philosophy
Public Policy & Politics — Newsweek®
Public Policy & Politics — Real Clear Politics®
Public Policy & Politics — Google® books - Politics
Religion & Spirtuality — Google® books - Religion
Religion - Christianity — Bible Gateway®
Religion - Christianity — Google® books - Christianity
Science — Popular Science®
Science — Scientific American®
Science — Google® books - Science
Sports — Sports Illustrated®