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surfeit

Noun

1 the state of being more than full [syn: excess, overabundance]
2 the quality of being so overabundant that prices fall [syn: glut, oversupply]
3 eating until excessively full [syn: repletion]

Verb

1 supply or feed to surfeit [syn: cloy]
2 indulge (one's appetite) to satiety

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English

Pronunciation

Noun

  1. An excessive amount of something.
    A surfeit of wheat is driving down the price.
  2. Overindulgence in either food or drink; overeating.
  3. A sickness or condition caused by overindulgence.
    King Henry I is said to have died of a surfeit of lampreys.

Verb

  1. To fill to excess.
  2. To feed someone to excess.
    She surfeited her children on sweets.
  3. In the context of "intransitive|reflexive": To overeat or feed to excess.
  4. In the context of "intransitive|reflexive": To sicken from overindulgence.

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