overemphasis

noun
over·​em·​pha·​sis | \ ˌō-vər-ˈem(p)-fə-səs How to pronounce overemphasis (audio) \
plural overemphases\ ˌō-​vər-​ˈem(p)-​fə-​ˌsēz How to pronounce overemphases (audio) \

Definition of overemphasis

: an excessive amount or degree of emphasis F. Scott Fitzgeralds's novels and Eugene O'Neill's plays exposed America's overemphasis on money and success.— Mary Beth Norton et al. … an overemphasis on design at the expense of function.— Walt Mossberg

First Known Use of overemphasis

1858, in the meaning defined above

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“Overemphasis.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/overemphasis. Accessed 21 Oct. 2020.

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