over·​in·​tel·​lec·​tu·​al·​ize ˌō-vər-ˌin-tə-ˈlek-chə-wə-ˌlīz How to pronounce overintellectualize (audio)
overintellectualized; overintellectualizing

transitive verb

: 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
ˌō-vər-ˌin-tə-ˌlek-chə-wə-lə-ˈzā-shən How to pronounce overintellectualize (audio)
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

Examples of overintellectualize in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Everyone always asks what my advice is, and my advice is don’t overintellectualize your art. Vulture, 14 Oct. 2022

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Word History

First Known Use

1901, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of overintellectualize was in 1901

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“Overintellectualize.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/overintellectualize. Accessed 25 May. 2024.

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