overpraise

verb
over·​praise | \ ˌō-vər-ˈprāz How to pronounce overpraise (audio) \
overpraised; overpraising

Definition of overpraise

 (Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

: to praise (someone or something) to an excessive degree overpraising a mediocre film He knows he is dealing with a complex personality, someone who has in the past been both overpraised and condemned to excess.— John Clive

overpraise

noun
over·​praise | \ ˈō-vər-ˌprāz How to pronounce overpraise (audio) \

Definition of overpraise (Entry 2 of 2)

: an excessive amount of praise Overpraise can lead to bad habits, some of them incurable—trying to repeat that thing you did so marvelously.— Wilfrid Sheed

First Known Use of overpraise

Verb

14th century, in the meaning defined above

Noun

1691, in the meaning defined above

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“Overpraise.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/overpraise. Accessed 16 Jan. 2021.

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