overinterpret

verb over·in·ter·pret \ ˌō-vər-in-ˈtər-prət , -pət \
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of overinterpret

overinterpreted; overinterpreting
transitive verb
: to read too much into (something) : to attribute to (something) a meaning or importance that does not seem likely or reasonable
  • I don't want to overinterpret their works with my curatorial babble.
  • —Philippe Vergne
  • Maybe polls work after all, although it's clear we all overuse them and overinterpret them.
  • —David Mazzarella

overinterpretation

play \ˌō-vər-in-ˌtər-prə-ˈtā-shən, -pə-\ noun, plural overinterpretations
    • … the fine balance between insightful analysis and compulsive overinterpretation.
    • —Carol J. Oja
    • Once again I will stick closely to the text to avoid overinterpretation.
    • —Denny Taylor

First Known Use of overinterpret

1863


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