overliterary

adjective over·lit·er·ary \ ˌō-vər-ˈli-tə-ˌrer-ē \

Definition of overliterary

: 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

First Known Use of overliterary

1853

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