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overelaborate

adjective over·elab·o·rate \ ˌō-vər-i-ˈla-b(ə-)rət \

Definition of overelaborate

: excessively elaborate
  • an overelaborate plot/plan
  • an overelaborate dinner presentation
  • … creating an overelaborate design at the expense of clarity and readability …
  • —David Baldwin
  • overelaborate and pointless accounts of petty troubles …
  • —Genevieve Stuttaford et al.

First Known Use of overelaborate

circa 1879

in the meaning defined above

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overelaborate

verb over·elab·o·rate \ ˌō-vər-i-ˈla-bə-ˌrāt \

Definition of overelaborate

overelaborated; overelaborating
transitive + intransitive
: to elaborate (something) too much : to do or provide (something) with too much detail, complexity, or ornateness
  • overelaborating [=belaboring] an obvious point
  • … his motivations are overelaborated through too many back stories …
  • —Nathaniel Rich
  • … wasted a host of presentable chances in the second half as they often overelaborated on their way to goal …
  • —James Benge
  • She also knows the art of simplifying … rather than creating an overelaborated mishmash of textures and hues.
  • —Steve Whysall

overelaboration

play \ˌō-vər-i-ˌla-bə-ˈrā-shən\ noun, plural overelaborations
    • Overelaboration should be avoided in constructing graphs. The substance of the graph should be the centre of attraction, not the design graphic …
    • —J. A. John et al.

First Known Use of overelaborate

1899

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