over·​ac·​cen·​tu·​ate ˌō-vər-ik-ˈsen(t)-shə-ˌwāt How to pronounce overaccentuate (audio)
overaccentuated; overaccentuating

transitive verb

: to accentuate or emphasize (something) too much
overaccentuated their differences while ignoring their similarities

Word History

First Known Use

1870, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of overaccentuate was in 1870

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“Overaccentuate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/overaccentuate. Accessed 5 Jun. 2023.

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