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EXCESS

More than is required. Applied especially to human conduct, when a person either indulges a bodily or spiritual appetite, as in food or knowledge, or goes beyond the limit of prudence in the way he or she practices what would otherwise be a virtue, as in showing affection.

All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, © Eternal Life. Used with permission.

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