(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;Prior.
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 shutMilton.
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.Pope.
(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
Consider first that greatMilton.
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.Beattie.
3. A title of honor or respect; more common in the form excellency.
I do greet your excellenceShak.
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.Hooker.
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.]