Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Growing out abnormally, excessively, or superfluously.
  • adj. Linguistics Of or relating to epenthesis; epenthetic.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Something growing, usually abnormally, out of something else.
  • n. A sound in a word without etymological reason.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Growing out in an abnormal or morbid manner or as a superfluity.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Growing out of something else; specifically, abnormally put forth or added; hence, superfluous and incongruous: as, a wart is an excrescent growth on the hand; excrescent knots on a tree; excrescent ornaments on a dress or on a building.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. forming an outgrowth (usually an excessive outgrowth)

Etymologies

From Latin excrēscēns, present participle of excrēscō. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Scot actively engaged in parochial work, had his attention fixed upon the reckless improvidence of the 'excrescent' population, and welcomed

    The English Utilitarians, Volume II (of 3) James Mill

  • These were the facts which really suggested his theory of the 'excrescent' population, produced by the over-speculation of capitalists.

    The English Utilitarians, Volume II (of 3) James Mill

  • She has been flanked on policing issues by Greenwood-Aurora Involved Neighbors (GAIN), who stepped up the heat a degree or two after seeing a big spillover of crime from the excrescent Aurora Avenue North vice strip into their residential neighborhoods to the west, and after documenting types of crime, locations and slow or non-existent police response.

    Sound Politics: Pressure Building For More Seattle Cops

  • He was aided and abetted in this essential side of the supreme crime by the excrescent ‘ Lord Haw Haw’ Andrew Sullivan.

    Firedoglake » And In This Corner…Juan Cole

  • Note decisions 5 and 6 to the same Law, the former showing a similar application of the "rule" and the latter showing that who clauses escape the excrescent commas:Decision 5

    languagehat.com: WHICH-HUNTING AT FIFA.

  • It's the modern form (with an excrescent, or epenthetic, -s- from somewhere or other, perhaps harvest) of the Old English ofet 'fruit' (spelled obet in early glosses), which is related to German Obst.

    languagehat.com: OVEST.

  • So you're probably looking at the name actually being Pikni, with the excrescent vowel inserted between the two parts to help it conform to custom.

    languagehat.com: BIKINI.

  • But I have found, during my travels in the Mediterranean, many persons of education, who pretended they did not believe this or that superstition of their church, whilst they were at heart great cowards, having no courage to reject a popular falsehood, and quite as superstitious as those who never doubt the excrescent dogmas or traditionary fables of their religion.

    Travels in Morocco

  • You are regarded an excrescent growth on the body of civil society.

    Twentieth Century Negro Literature Or, A Cyclopedia of Thought on the Vital Topics Relating to the American Negro

  • Glandular enlargements not of scirrhous character, and excrescent growths not poisonous, may often be reduced, and perhaps sometimes cured, under the positive pole.

    A Newly Discovered System of Electrical Medication

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