- excessively sensitive: to be hypersensitive to criticism.
- allergic to a substance to which persons do not normally react.
Origin of hypersensitive
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Examples from the Web for hypersensitive
Anyone who identifies as an ‘ist’ is going to be hypersensitive about some topics.Louis C.K. on Daniel Tosh’s Rape Joke: Are Comedy and Feminism Enemies?
Jennifer L. Pozner
July 18, 2012
But the hyperactive Sarkozy is hypersensitive to these oft-repeated allegations of skullduggery.A Wrench in the Dominique Strauss-Kahn Conspiracy Theory
April 29, 2012
Certain to avoid talking politics in front of the hypersensitive cameras, Boehner opted for the more germane.Boehner Has Eyes for Jill Biden
September 9, 2011
Seventeen years ago military leaders were hypersensitive to such a bold change in military culture.Powell's Gay Soldier Dilemma
February 5, 2010
It was no time for Clancy to be hypersensitive about Vandervent's honor.Find the Woman
Arthur Somers Roche
A conscience newly aroused by her terrible tragedy and hypersensitive?Clark's Field
He is hypersensitive and emotional, not argumentative and judicial.Victor Hugo: His Life and Works
G. Barnett Smith
Radowitz, in all matters connected with money, was hypersensitive and touchy.Lady Connie
Mrs. Humphry Ward
The bald stubby man waddling forward looked neither calloused nor hypersensitive.The Trial of Callista Blake
- having unduly vulnerable feelings
- abnormally sensitive to an allergen, a drug, or other agent
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Word Origin and History for hypersensitive
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- Responding excessively to the stimulus of a foreign agent, such as an allergen; abnormally sensitive.
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