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excess

noun (TOO MUCH)    /ɪkˈses/ /ˈek.ses/
C1 [S or U] an amount that is more than acceptable, expected, or reasonable: An excess of enthusiasm is not always a good thing. They both eat to excess (= too much). There will be an increase in tax for those earning in excess of (= more than) twice the national average wage.Too much and unnecessary excesses [plural] actions far past the limit of what is acceptable: For many years people were trying to escape the excesses (= cruel actions) of the junta. As for shoes, her excesses (= the large number she owned) were well known.Bad and wrong behaviourDisobedientObeying and breaking the lawObedient and compliant
(Definition of excess noun (TOO MUCH) from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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