Excess is too much of something, like big-time overindulgence. Eating to excess makes your stomach hurt, and spending to excess means you can't pay your credit card bills.

Excess comes from the Latin word excessus meaning, "go out, going beyond the bounds of reason," like eating and spending in excess. (Not so reasonable.) Although it spends most of its time as a noun, it can also be an adjective to describe "more than is required or needed," like when excess water spills over the top of the bathtub, or those excess pounds spill over the top of your jeans.

Definitions of excess

n the state of being more than full

overabundance, surfeit
Type of:
the condition of being filled to capacity

n a quantity much larger than is needed

nimiety, surplus, surplusage
Type of:
overabundance, overmuch, overmuchness, superabundance
a quantity that is more than what is appropriate

n immoderation as a consequence of going beyond sufficient or permitted limits

excessiveness, inordinateness
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extravagance, extravagancy
the quality of exceeding the appropriate limits of decorum or probability or truth
exorbitance, outrageousness
excessive excess
embarrassment, overplus, plethora, superfluity
extreme excess
redundance, redundancy
the attribute of being superfluous and unneeded
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immoderateness, immoderation
the quality of being excessive and lacking in moderation

n excessive indulgence

Type of:
humoring, indulgence, indulging, pampering
the act of indulging or gratifying a desire

adj more than is needed, desired, or required

“trying to lose excess weight”
extra, redundant, spare, supererogatory, superfluous, supernumerary, surplus
unnecessary, unneeded
not necessary

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