overedit

verb, transitive + intransitive over·ed·it \ ˌō-vər-ˈe-dət \
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of overedit

overedited; overediting
: to edit (something) more than is necessary or appropriate
  • overedit a manuscript
  • Scenes in the movie were choppy and overedited.
  • Editors do overedit, of course, when they substitute their own taste, their own approach, their own view of a subject for those of the author.
  • —John P. Dessauer
  • The late, great Theodore Bernstein of The New York Times said the inner ring of hell was reserved for editors who overedit. The innermost ring was for those who overedit and make it wrong.
  • —Charles Einstein

First Known Use of overedit

1860


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