overemphatic

adjective over·em·phat·ic \ ˌō-vər-im-ˈfa-tik , -em- \
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

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

overemphatically

play \ˌō-vər-im-ˈfa-ti-k(ə-)lē, -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


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