supervacaneous

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Etymology[edit]

From Latin supervacāneus; compare Italian supervacaneo, Portuguese supervacâneo, Spanish supervacáneo.

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  • (UK) enPR: so͞o'pərvəkāʹnĭəs, syo͞o'pərvəkāʹnĭəs, IPA(key): /ˌsuːpəvəˈkeɪnɪəs/, /ˌsjuːpəvəˈkeɪnɪəs/
  • (US) IPA(key): /ˌsuːpɜrvəˈkeɪnɪɵs/

Adjective[edit]

supervacaneous (not comparable)

  1. (now rare) Added above what is needed or necessary; superfluous, redundant.
    • 1915, George Wharton James, Our American Woodlands:
      It is an awful thing to find your efforts supervacaneous when you are so far away from home and friends, sympathy, and help.
    • 1960, Nancy Mitford, Don't Tell Alfred:
      ‘It became all the more important for me to get out because my son Foster, aged now fifteen, is only ten points below genius and this genius would have been unavailing and supervacaneous, in other words wasted, behind the iron curtain.’
    • 1972, Aiko Itō and Graeme Wilson, translating Natsume Sōseki, I Am a Cat (2002 combined edition, Tuttle Publishing, ISBN 080483265X), volume one, chapter III, page 152:
      If I were simply to discuss noses in disregard of their relation to other entities, then I would declare without fear of contradiction that the nose of Mrs. Goldfield is superb, superlative, and, though possibly supervacaneous, one well-placed to win first prize at any exhibition of nasal development which might be organized by the long-nosed goblins on Mount Kurama.

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