Excess  

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"[Excess energy] must be spent, willingly or not, gloriously or catastrophically. This is the logic of sacrifice." --The Accursed Share, Georges Bataille, tr. Zone Books

An explosion is a violent release of energy (sometimes mechanical, nuclear, or chemical.) Metaphorically, also used to denote a sudden increase or emotional outburst
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An explosion is a violent release of energy (sometimes mechanical, nuclear, or chemical.) Metaphorically, also used to denote a sudden increase or emotional outburst
Luxury is a form of excess.  Illustration: Still Life with Nautilus Cup (1662) by Willem Kalf
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Luxury is a form of excess.
Illustration: Still Life with Nautilus Cup (1662) by Willem Kalf

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Train wreck at Montparnasse (October 22, 1895) by Studio Lévy and Sons.
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Train wreck at Montparnasse (October 22, 1895) by Studio Lévy and Sons.

Excess is the state of exceeding or going beyond limits, beyond what is normal or usual. Related terms include eccentricity, extravagance and transgression. Georges Bataille, in works such as The Accursed Share, was a leading theorist on excess.

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Old English exces, excess, ecstasy; Latin excessus a going out, loss of self-possession, from excedere, excessum, to go out, go beyond. See ex-cedere.

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