overintellectualize

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

Definition of overintellectualize

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

Other Words from overintellectualize

overintellectualization \ ˌō-​vər-​ˌin-​tə-​ˌlek-​chə-​wə-​lə-​ˈzā-​shən How to pronounce overintellectualize (audio) , -​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, in the meaning defined above

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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 24 May. 2022.

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