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1. Excess in eating and drinking. Let not Sir Surfeit sit at thy board. (Piers Plowman) Now comes the sick hour that his surfeit made. (Shak)
2. Fullness and oppression of the system, occasioned often by excessive eating and drinking. To prevent surfeit and other diseases that are incident to those that heat their blood by travels. (Bunyan)
3. Disgust caused by excess; satiety. Matter and argument have been supplied abundantly, and even to surfeit. (Burke)
Origin: OE. Surfet, OF. Surfait, sorfait, excess, arrogance, crime, fr. Surfaire, sorfaire, to augment, exaggerate, F. Surfaire to overcharge; sur over – faire to make, do, L. Facere. See Sur-, and Fact.
1. To load the stomach with food, so that sickness or uneasiness ensues; to eat to excess. They are as sick that surfeit with too much as they that starve with nothing. (Shak)
2. To indulge to satiety in any gratification.
1. To feed so as to oppress the stomach and derange the function of the system; to overfeed, and produce satiety, sickness, or uneasiness; often reflexive; as, to surfeit one’s self with sweets.
2. To fill to satiety and disgust; to cloy; as, he surfeits us with compliments.
Origin: Surfeited; Surfeiting.

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