over·​lit·​er·​ary ˌō-vər-ˈli-tə-ˌrer-ē How to pronounce overliterary (audio)
: literary to an excessive degree
overliterary dialogue
There is a phenomenon known as bad, pretentious, and overliterary writing. Nineteenth-century America produced reams of it.Darryl Lorenzo

Word History

First Known Use

1853, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of overliterary was in 1853

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“Overliterary.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/overliterary. Accessed 19 Apr. 2024.

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