Friday, June 19, 2009

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Word of the Day for Friday, June 19, 2009

nimiety \nih-MY-uh-tee\, noun:

The state of being too much; excess.

What a nimiety of . . . riches have we here! I am quite undone.
-- James J. Kilpatrick, "Buckley: The Right Word", National Review, December 23, 1996
Just as daily life contains all the comforts of what one owns, there is also a natural shedding or forgetting and a natural dulling, otherwise one becomes burdened with a sense of nimiety, a sense (as Kenneth Clark put it in his autobiography) of the "too-muchness" of life.
-- Nicholas Poburko, "Poetry Past And Present: F. T. Prince's Walks in Rome", Renascence: Essays on Values in Literature, January 1, 1999

Nimiety is from Late Latin nimietas, from Latin nimius, "very much, too much," from nimis, "excessively."

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