over·​zeal·​ous | \ˌō-vər-ˈze-ləs \

Definition of overzealous 

: too zealous : having or showing too much zeal : excessively eager, enthusiastic, or fervent overzealous parents overzealous workers … another version of the overzealous monitoring that has produced kids who leave for college without ever having crossed the street by themselves.— Peggy Orenstein The village saw the orders as unwarranted interference from an overzealous state bureaucracy and promptly appealed.— Joe Treen and S. Avery Brown

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Other Words from overzealous

overzealously adverb
… has been frequently accused by its critics of acting recklessly, overzealously, and even, at times, illegally. — Steve Lustgarden
overzealousness noun
Jewell was annoyed that press descriptions of him always emphasized his "overzealousness"; he considers himself a man of details. — Marie Brenner

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In my experience, some classmates tend to label young feminists as irrational or overzealous or angry. Lily Genovese, Glamour, "8 Things You Should Know About High School Feminists," 7 Aug. 2018 Samsung’s not the only company prone to overzealous promotion of its own products that lead to leaks. Shannon Liao, The Verge, "Samsung accidentally leaks another look at the Galaxy Note 9," 2 Aug. 2018 How to Use 'Em: Don’t get overzealous—both retinol and vitamin C can be a tad irritating at first, so start slowly to build up your skin’s tolerance. Chloe Metzger, Marie Claire, "The Anti-Aging Cheat Sheet for Really, Really Lazy People," 31 July 2018 The complaints office concluded in its own report in February that officers were overzealous in their use of pepper spray and other crowd-control tools. Peter Hermann, Washington Post, "Independent police group criticizes D.C. officers’ handling of Inauguration Day riots," 10 July 2018 Patti Blagojevich, the ex-governor’s wife, appeared Saturday on Jeanine Pirro Fox News, a cable news network program that Trump is known to watch, to complain that federal authorities were overzealous in their prosecution of her husband. Aamer Madhani, USA TODAY, "Ex-Ill. Gov. Rod Blagojevich files paperwork asking Trump to commute prison sentence," 5 June 2018 As for his future at United, which has been labelled 'uncertain' by overzealous reporting keen to sensationalise every shred of information, Pogba says he is committed to his current contract. SI.com, "Paul Pogba Opens Up on Difficult Spell Last Season & Brands Transfer Speculation as 'Just Words'," 5 June 2018 The agencies are now largely run by Trump appointees who are sympathetic to Wall Street institutions’ longstanding complaints that they have been hurt by overzealous regulations written after the financial crisis. Emily Flitter, New York Times, "Bankers Hate the Volcker Rule. Now, It Could Be Watered Down.," 21 May 2018 Some argue that the campaign has become overzealous and ill-mannered. Vidhi Doshi, Washington Post, "Mumbai’s plastic ban carries costly fines and jail sentences for offenders," 26 June 2018

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First Known Use of overzealous

circa 1628, in the meaning defined above

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