(Ex*ceed"ing*ly) adv. To a very great degree; beyond what is usual; surpassingly. It signifies more than very.

(Ex*cel") v. t. [imp. & p. p. Excelled; p. pr. & vb. n. Excelling.] [L. excellere, excelsum; ex out + a root found in culmen height, top; cf. F. exceller. See Culminate, Column.]

1. To go beyond or surpass in good qualities or laudable deeds; to outdo or outgo, in a good sense.

Excelling others, these were great;
Thou, greater still, must these excel.

I saw that wisdom excelleth folly, as far as light excelleth darkness.
Eccl. ii. 13.

2. To exceed or go beyond; to surpass.

She opened; but to shut
Excelled her power; the gates wide open stood.

(Ex*cel"), v. i. To surpass others in good qualities, laudable actions, or acquirements; to be distinguished by superiority; as, to excel in mathematics, or classics.

Unstable as water, thou shalt not excel.
Gen. xlix. 4.

Then peers grew proud in horsemanship t' excel.

(Ex"cel*lence) n. [F. excellence, L. excellentia.]

1. The quality of being excellent; state of possessing good qualities in an eminent degree; exalted merit; superiority in virtue.

Consider first that great
Or bright infers not excellence.

2. An excellent or valuable quality; that by which any one excels or is eminent; a virtue.

With every excellence refined.

3. A title of honor or respect; — more common in the form excellency.

I do greet your excellence
With letters of commission from the king.

Syn. — Superiority; preëminence; perfection; worth; goodness; purity; greatness.

(Ex"cel*len*cy) n.; pl. Excellencies

1. Excellence; virtue; dignity; worth; superiority.

His excellency is over Israel.
Ps. lxviii. 34.

Extinguish in men the sense of their own excellency.

2. A title of honor given to certain high dignitaries, esp. to viceroys, ministers, and ambassadors, to English colonial governors, etc. It was formerly sometimes given to kings and princes.

(Ex"cel*lent) a. [F. excellent, L. excellens, -entis, p. pr. of excellere. See Excel.]

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