over·​em·​phat·​ic | \ ˌō-vər-im-ˈfa-tik How to pronounce overemphatic (audio) , -em- \

Definition of overemphatic

: uttered with or marked by excessive or extreme emphasis : excessively or inappropriately emphatic … his overly erect posture and overemphatic diction make him come off like an enraged headwaiter.— Stuart Klawans … the … posturing and overemphatic gesturing needed to reach the balcony in theater …— Ron Rosenbaum … in reaching for a strong conclusion, I was overemphatic.— John Cassidy

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overemphatically \ ˌō-​vər-​im-​ˈfa-​ti-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce overemphatically (audio) , -​em-​ \ adverb
… all the while Babs has to sit there and take it, laughing overemphatically at every punchline to prove she's in on the joke. — Teddy Jamieson

First Known Use of overemphatic

1820, in the meaning defined above

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“Overemphatic.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/overemphatic. Accessed 5 Aug. 2020.

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