overintellectualize

verb over·in·tel·lec·tu·al·ize \ ˌō-vər-ˌin-tə-ˈlek-chə-wə-ˌlīz , -chə-ˌlīz , -shwə-ˌlīz , -chü(-ə)-ˌlīz \

Definition of overintellectualize

overintellectualized; overintellectualizing
: to intellectualize (something) to an excessive degree
  • tends to overintellectualize emotions
  • What drives us food writers to overthink and overintellectualize what is, in essence, a plastic cup of sugar and ice?
  • —Kevin Pang

overintellectualization

play \ˌō-vər-ˌin-tə-ˌlek-chə-wə-lə-ˈzā-shən, -chə-lə-, -shwə-lə-, -chü(-ə)-lə-\ noun, plural overintellectualizations
    • … the overintellectualization of wine, the fussiness, the obsessiveness with silly adjectives …
    • —Jonathan Reynolds
    • After all my overintellectualizations on addictions, how corny that the answer's been one infomercial away.
    • —Susan Shapiro

First Known Use of overintellectualize

1901

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