hy·​per·​aware·​ness ˌhī-pər-ə-ˈwer-nəs How to pronounce hyperawareness (audio)
variants or hyper-awareness
: the quality or state of being extremely or excessively aware
Many have egos nourished by that terrain, which feeds a hyperawareness of status, a persistent jockeying for position.Frank Bruni

Examples of hyperawareness in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Aphex Twin’s Richard D. James arranged electronic beats in complex designs that stimulated both hypnosis and hyperawareness. Spencer Kornhaber, The Atlantic, 3 Dec. 2021 Implementing social media interactions, on Twitter specifically, as an onscreen storytelling device as well as clips from news broadcasts, the director illustrates the hyperawareness and ruthless media coverage the unprepared adolescent heroes were subjected to. Carlos Aguilar, Los Angeles Times, 29 Oct. 2020 The increase in isolation and lack of social feedback has increased a self-critical hyperawareness — meaning teens are very focused on their own feelings but are missing the important tools that allows some reality testing. Mark Travers, Forbes, 11 Jan. 2023 When cartoon characters dance, there’s a hyperawareness of their artificial movements—all the more so when those movements seem to be part of a social media strategy. Jason Kehe, Wired, 19 Jan. 2022

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Word History

First Known Use

1951, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of hyperawareness was in 1951

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“Hyperawareness.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hyperawareness. Accessed 24 Feb. 2024.

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