Definition of overingenious
- an overingenious theory/plot/argument
- It is impossible to say of Rashi, as we might of a secular critic writing about a poem or novel, that he is overingenious, interpreting things that need no interpretation.
- —Adam Kirsch
- He turns the man's conduct over in his mind, and tries to find excuses for him, and he is overingenious in doing so.
- —Sabine Baring-Gould
overingenuityplay \ˌō-vər-ˌin-jə-ˈnü-ə-tē, -ˈnyü-\ noun
- … we are likely to understand him [Shakespeare] better if we assume that he knew what he was doing every minute, even at the risk of an occasional exercise in overingenuity on our part.
- —Harry Levin