excrescence

[ ik-skres-uh ns ]SEE DEFINITION OF excrescence

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Sir, that paragraph is an excrescence on the tree of our liberty.

If one of them be perfect by itself, the other will be an excrescence.

It is an excrescence, not an essential garment like the shirt and breeches.

The art is not an accomplishment, an ornament, an excrescence.

In this species the casque or excrescence on the upper mandible is very slight.

There is also a ninth tower, which looks like an excrescence, in the rear.

It is not an addendum or an excrescence: it is an actual part of the fabric of life itself.

The aristocracy, then, was regarded as a sort of cancer, or excrescence of society.

It is true that worship is philosophically an excrescence on his system.

Eryri likewise signifies an excrescence or scrofulous eruption.

WORD ORIGIN

early 15c., "action of growing out," from Latin excrescentia (plural) "abnormal growths," from excrescentem (nominative excrescens), present participle of excrescere "grow out, grow up," from ex- "out" (see ex-) + crescere "to grow" (see crescent). Meaning "that which grows out abnormally (on a living thing) is from 1570s (excrescency in this sense is 1540s).

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