overingenious

adjective over·in·ge·nious \ ˌō-vər-in-ˈjēn-yəs \
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of overingenious

:excessively or unnecessarily ingenious or clever
  • 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

overingenuity

play \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

First Known Use of overingenious

1849


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