superflu(ous) +‎ -ity, Old French superfluite, from Medieval Latin superfluitas, from Latin superfluus.


  • IPA(key): /ˌsuː.pəˈfluː.ɪ.ti/


superfluity (countable and uncountable, plural superfluities)

  1. The quality or state of being superfluous; overflowingness.
    Antonym: necessity
  2. Something superfluous, as a luxury.
    Antonym: necessity
  3. (rare) Collective noun for a group of nuns.
    • 1905, Herbert A. Evans, Highways and Byways in Oxford and the Cotswolds, Macmillan and Co, (1905), page 266:
      These probably mark the dwelling of a colony, or to speak more precisely, according to Dame Juliana Berners, a superfluity of nuns from Godstow, which nunnery had a cell there, and was patron of the living.
    • 2011, Sam Cullen, The Odd Bunnies, unnumbered page:
      Alice put Anna back on the shelf and turned up the volume on the TV, where a local news reporter was imparting a salutary tale of woe involving a superfluity of nuns who'd got into a scrape at a crab festival.
    • 2012, Beth Yarnall, Rush[1], Crimson Romance, published 2012, →ISBN:
      [] That man could charm the panties off a superfluity of nuns.”


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