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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

Examples of overzealous in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web So children older than about one year of age might be in a sweet spot between infants, whose immune system has not yet fully kicked in, and adults, whose defenses are sometimes overzealous. Shannon Hall, Scientific American, "Babies’ Mysterious Resilience to Coronavirus Intrigues Scientists," 14 July 2020 Some patients may be dying from cytokine storms, which occur when the body mounts an overzealous response to a disease and wreaks havoc on its own cells. Grace Huckins, Wired, "Covid Kills More Men Than Women. Experts Still Can’t Explain Why," 9 July 2020 Mornings on Hydra are heralded by the island’s overzealous cockerels. Madeleine Speed, WSJ, "Reopened, A Greek Isle Beckons amid the Pandemic," 8 July 2020 Whether due to a glitch in the system or an overzealous administrator, she was sent this same correspondence three more times: once at 1:30 a.m. and twice at 5 a.m. To Hill-Watkins, the agency’s timing was curious. Ava Kofman, ProPublica, "How North Carolina Transformed Itself Into the Worst State to Be Unemployed," 30 June 2020 The immune response to the coronavirus can be overzealous, at first rousing itself to clear an infectious invader, before spilling over and destroying healthy tissue in a misguided bid to protect the body. Katherine J. Wu, BostonGlobe.com, "Gilead to test a version of remdesivir that can be inhaled," 22 June 2020 The efforts of the hard work over the past few months are being lost due to overzealous leaders and individuals who are not keeping their guard up. George W. Contreras, STAT, "The Trump rally in Tulsa is a recipe for disaster," 20 June 2020 The sound design, often an indicator of how strong the material is, is overzealous; the visual effects draw from a threadbare bag. cleveland, "‘You Should Have Left’ is too familiar to frighten (review)," 19 June 2020 That battle has included legal action against the makers of mod menus for Grand Theft Auto Online, as well as occasionally overzealous threats against makers of single-player mods for the company's games. Kyle Orland, Ars Technica, "Rockstar stops hackers from spawning KKK members in Red Dead Online," 17 June 2020

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First Known Use of overzealous

circa 1628, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of overzealous was circa 1628

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“Overzealous.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/overzealous. Accessed 12 Aug. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of overzealous

: too eager or enthusiastic : too zealous

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