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 overemphasis (audio)
: 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

Examples of overemphasis in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web This overemphasis on secrecy at the expense of privacy isn’t just inefficient. Oona A. Hathaway, Foreign Affairs, 7 Dec. 2021 There is fairly wide agreement among scientists in many disciplines that misinterpretation and overemphasis of p values and statistical significance are real problems, although some are milder in their diagnosis of its severity than others. Lydia Denworth, Scientific American, 1 Oct. 2019 Michaela Barnett led a study published last summer in Nature Sustainability about the overemphasis on recycling and a neglect of waste reduction. Karl Schneider, The Indianapolis Star, 19 Feb. 2024 The high costs associated with developing sophisticated data management, advanced analytics, and AI capabilities, the reliance on data quality and availability, and the potential for overemphasis on quantitative analysis at the expense of qualitative insights are notable considerations. Douglas B. Laney, Forbes, 22 Feb. 2024 An overemphasis on either can skew the workplace dynamic, either stifling innovation through excessive verification or eroding productivity due to an overextension of trust. Benjamin Laker, Forbes, 12 Feb. 2024 Finally, an overemphasis on the height at release could often be counterproductive, causing even the best free shooters to miss more shots. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, 1 Jan. 2024 But Farid worries that the overemphasis on AI might distract from the larger issues around disinformation, misinformation, and the erosion of public trust in the information ecosystem, particularly as platforms scale back their teams focused on election integrity. Vittoria Elliott, WIRED, 18 Dec. 2023 An overemphasis on degrees causes employers to miss out on the more than 70 million U.S. workers who do not have one, but have the experience, desire, and aptitudes to fill gaps in the labor market. Forbes, 13 Nov. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1858, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of overemphasis was in 1858

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“Overemphasis.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/overemphasis. Accessed 22 Jul. 2024.

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