over·​ho·​mog·​e·​nize | \ ˌō-vər-hō-ˈmä-jə-ˌnīz How to pronounce overhomogenize (audio) , -hə- \
overhomogenized; overhomogenizing

Definition of overhomogenize

transitive verb

1 : to view or present (a group, category, etc.) as more homogeneous than it really is Of course, it is easy to oversimplify the historical trajectory of faculties of education and to overhomogenize the cultures and perspectives of those who work within them.— Andy Hargreaves … the tendency to overhomogenize the past and the temptation to make it too pretty and too relevant.— Anders Greenspan
2 : to homogenize (something) too much : to make (something) too uniform Care has to be taken, however, not to overhomogenize the emulsions …— Burghard Grüning and Andrea Bungard

Other Words from overhomogenize

overhomogenized adjective
an overhomogenized dough … a rallying cry for the cultivation and preservation of individuality in an overhomogenized society. — Charles Taylor and Stephanie Zacharek It's a reaction to overhomogenized, overproduced music of the last 20 years. — John Butler overhomogenized views of mass audiences result in advertising and marketing errors. Audiences are rarely of a single mind. — Charles Arthur Willard

First Known Use of overhomogenize

1983, in the meaning defined at sense 2

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“Overhomogenize.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/overhomogenize. Accessed 3 Aug. 2020.

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