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superfluous
used in The Mill on the Floss

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Definition
more than is needed, desired, or required
  • It was her fuzzy front of curls; for as she occupied herself in household matters in the morning it would have been a mere extravagance to put on anything so superfluous to the making of leathery pastry as a fuzzy curled front.
    1.12 -- Book 1 Chapter 12 -- Mr. and Mrs. Glegg at Home (65% in)
  • Our friend Mr. Tulliver had a good-natured fibre in him, and did not like to give harsh refusals even to his sister, who had not only come in to the world in that superfluous way characteristic of sisters, creating a necessity for mortgages, but had quite thrown herself away in marriage, and had crowned her mistakes by having an eighth baby.
    1.8 -- Book 1 Chapter 8 -- Mr. Tulliver Shows His Weaker Side (23% in)
  • Tom had a profound contempt for this nonsense of Maggie's, smashing the earwig at once as a superfluous yet easy means of proving the entire unreality of such a story; but Lucy, for the life of her, could not help fancying there was something in it, and at all events thought it was very pretty make-believe.
    1.10 -- Book 1 Chapter 10 -- Maggie Behaves Worse Than She Expected (13% in)
  • People who live at a distance are naturally less faulty than those immediately under our own eyes; and it seems superfluous, when we consider the remote geographical position of the Ethiopians, and how very little the Greeks had to do with them, to inquire further why Homer calls them "blameless."
    3.3 -- Book 3 Chapter 3 -- The Family Council (5% in)
  • The expression of Mump's face, which seemed to be tolerating the superfluous existence of objects in general, was strongly confirmatory of this high praise.
    4.3 -- Book 4 Chapter 3 -- A Voice from the Past (24% in)
  • Then shall all vain imaginations, evil perturbations, and superfluous cares fly away; then shall immoderate fear leave thee, and inordinate love shall die.
    4.3 -- Book 4 Chapter 3 -- A Voice from the Past (67% in)
  • A gratuitous, entirely superfluous visit of that sort was sure to make a man disagreeable and ridiculous.
    6.6 -- Book 6 Chapter 6 -- Illustrating the Laws of Attraction (79% in)
  • It was naturally disappointing to Dr. Kenn, after two years of superfluous incense from his feminine parishioners, to find them suddenly maintaining their views in opposition to his; but then they maintained them in opposition to a higher Authority, which they had venerated longer.
    7.4 -- Book 7 Chapter 4 -- Maggie and Lucy (17% in)

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