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superfluous
used in Middlemarch

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Definition
more than is needed, desired, or required
  • It was eminently superfluous to him to be told that he was reaping the consequences.
    Book 2 — Old and Young (5% in)
  • Dr. Minchin was soft-handed, pale-complexioned, and of rounded outline, not to be distinguished from a mild clergyman in appearance: whereas Dr. Sprague was superfluously tall; his trousers got creased at the knees, and showed an excess of boot at a time when straps seemed necessary to any dignity of bearing; you heard him go in and out, and up and down, as if he had come to see after the roofing.
    Book 2 — Old and Young (58% in)
  • With the superfluous securities of hope at his command, there was no reason why he should not have increased other people's liabilities to any extent, but for the fact that men whose names were good for anything were usually pessimists, indisposed to believe that the universal order of things would necessarily be agreeable to an agreeable young gentleman.
    Book 3 — Waiting for Death (2% in)
  • When the animals entered the Ark in pairs, one may imagine that allied species made much private remark on each other, and were tempted to think that so many forms feeding on the same store of fodder were eminently superfluous, as tending to diminish the rations.
    Book 4 — Three Love Problems (8% in)
  • This second cousin was a Middlemarch mercer of polite manners and superfluous aspirates.
    Book 4 — Three Love Problems (8% in)
  • I am perhaps talking rather superfluously; but a man likes to assume superiority over himself, by holding up his bad example and sermonizing on it.
    Book 5 — The Dead Hand (25% in)
  • Dorothea, he said to himself, was forever enthroned in his soul: no other woman could sit higher than her footstool; and if he could have written out in immortal syllables the effect she wrought within him, he might have boasted after the example of old Drayton, that,— "Queens hereafter might be glad to live Upon the alms of her superfluous praise."
    Book 5 — The Dead Hand (39% in)
  • Their fears were quite superfluous: they were very much mistaken if they imagined that he would put himself forward as a needy adventurer trying to win the favor of a rich woman.
    Book 5 — The Dead Hand (66% in)
  • As to money just now, Fred had in his mind the heroic project of saving almost all of the eighty pounds that Mr. Garth offered him, and returning it, which he could easily do by giving up all futile money-spending, since he had a superfluous stock of clothes, and no expense in his board.
    Book 7 — Two Temptations (35% in)
  • She sat down at once under the inspiration of their interview, and wrote a brief note, in which she pleaded that she had more claim than Mr. Bulstrode had to the satisfaction of providing the money which had been serviceable to Lydgate—that it would be unkind in Lydgate not to grant her the position of being his helper in this small matter, the favor being entirely to her who had so little that was plainly marked out for her to do with her superfluous money.
    Book 8 — Sunset and Sunrise (38% in)
  • On the second morning after Dorothea's visit to Rosamond, she had had two nights of sound sleep, and had not only lost all traces of fatigue, but felt as if she had a great deal of superfluous strength—that is to say, more strength than she could manage to concentrate on any occupation.
    Book 8 — Sunset and Sunrise (74% in)

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