overemphasis

noun over·em·pha·sis \ ˌō-vər-ˈem(p)-fə-səs \
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of overemphasis

plural overemphases play \ˌō-vər-ˈem(p)-fə-ˌsēz\
: 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


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