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1. Growing out abnormally, excessively, or superfluously.
2. Linguistics Of or relating to epenthesis; epenthetic.

ex·cres′cent·ly adv.


1. (Pathology) denoting, relating to, or resembling an abnormal outgrowth
2. uselessly added; not essential; superfluous
3. (Phonetics & Phonology) denoting or relating to a speech sound or letter inserted into a word without etymological justification, such as the b in nimble
[C17: from Latin excrēscēns, from excrēscere, from crēscere to grow]
exˈcrescently adv


(ɪkˈskrɛs ənt)

1. growing abnormally out of something else; superfluous.
2. (of a speech sound) inserted or added as a result of articulatory interaction or impetus, as the t-sound in sense (sents); intrusive; parasitic.
[1600–10; < Latin excrēscent-, s. of excrēscēns, present participle of excrēscere to grow out]
ex•cres′cent•ly, adv.
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Adj.1.excrescent - forming an outgrowth (usually an excessive outgrowth)
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Out of this lifeless mass has already grown an excrescent power, which tends to realize all the dangers that can be apprehended from a defective construction of the supreme government of the Union.
Live steaming has and will mutate into something else, better platforms, aggressive monetarization strategies, amateur pornography, voyeurism, exhibitionism, self-obsession, psychical illnesses - excrescent mental pollution.
So, although Spinoza had the right ambition to develop a system of nature in a way that Schelling greatly admires and further pursues, he ultimately failed to do so by denying nature's dynamism, and hence opposing nature to the excrescent free spirit: 'if he had posited living substance instead of dead, blind substance, then the dualism of attributes would have offered him a means of really grasping the finitude of things'.
The threat here seems to emerge from boundaries being threatened, from a feminine excess which needs restraint, of fat, cigarette-smoking, beer-drinking men who have become a drain on the social body (they leak, they weep, they rage: excrescent and grotesque).
Though you taught me something, once, about how rhymed words kiss (the gift you said that Merrill had given to you once, Shahid), no rhymes need weight this floating gift you left me, Agha Shahid Ali--this vessel your poems still weave--this boat that will kiss the sky till it rains--this excrescent, exuberant canzone--this life raft for poets on watery journeys.
Joseph Roach defines celebrity (or "it") as "charm, charisma and presence," (11) and explains the paradoxes of contemporary stardom in terms that can be applied to both Tarlton and Kemp: "from moment to moment on stage or on the set, they must hold themselves together with the force of their personalities but in the service of a representation to which their personalities are supposedly excrescent.
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The viewer is appalled by the excrescent proportions of the anorexic body: Caro's eyes appear extraordinarily big; the circumference of her upper arm is almost identical with the one of the lower arm and the wrist; the elbow sticks out like an unfitting prosthesis; her feet and joints look too massive compared to the tiny body they have to carry.