Examples of overwrought in a Sentence
The witness became overwrought as she described the crime.
became overwrought when she heard that her child was missing
Recent Examples of overwrought from the Web
A dashing, athletic and completely overwrought Hamlet in Richard Eyre’s 1989 National Theatre production that featured Judi Dench as Gertrude, Day-Lewis walked off the stage mid-performance and never worked in the theater again.
Consequently, nerves were strained when an overwrought National Guardsman sent word of shots being fired from the area of the motel with its largely Negro clientele.
McCain’s speech was covered breathlessly in much of the political press, including a number of stories with extraordinarily overwrought and dramatic descriptions of what had just happened.
Despite the presence of Iron Man as a looming shadow over Spider-Man's heroics, Spider-Man: Homecoming endured nonetheless on charm and creativity rather than overwrought plot and cartoon violence.
Though there's some irony overkill via a roving madman quoting various American presidents between scenes, the story avoids easy moralizing and overwrought symbology, ultimately asking us to ponder interpersonal responsibility in an amoral world.
The Hitler analogy had been overwrought, but the references to European appeasement of Hitler were quite on target.
Nothing here is overthought or overwrought, either on the plate or in the décor.
Principal clarinet Raymond Santos’ solo was impassioned without becoming overwrought.
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Origin and Etymology of overwrought
First Known Use: 1638See Words from the same year
Synonymsagitated, excited, frenzied, heated, hectic, hyperactive, overactive, feverish
Antonymsaustere, plain, severe, stark, unadorned
Related Wordshyperexcited, overexcited; afire, aflutter, aquiver, atingle; anxious, dithery, edgy, het up, high-strung, hyped-up, hyper, jittery, jumpy, nervy, nervous, perturbed, tense, troubled, uneasy, unquiet, upset, uptight, wired
Near Antonymscalm, collected, composed, cool, coolheaded, placid, serene, tranquil, undisturbed, unperturbed, unshaken, untroubled, unworried
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: very excited or upset
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