AskDefine | Define nimiety

Dictionary Definition

nimiety n : a quantity much larger than is needed [syn: excess, surplus, surplusage]

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Etymology

nimietās, from nimius 'excessive' and nimis 'excessively'

Noun

nimiety
  1. state of being in excess, possessing more than is needed

Quotations

  • There is a nimiety, a too-muchness to all Germans. -- Samuel Taylor Coleridge

References

American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language: Fourth Edition, 2000
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