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[oh-ver-em-fuh-sis] /ˌoʊ vərˈɛm fə sɪs/
excessive or undue emphasis.
Origin of overemphasis
First recorded in 1895-1900; over- + emphasis
Related forms
[oh-ver-em-fat-ik] /ˌoʊ vər ɛmˈfæt ɪk/ (Show IPA),
adjective Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • I should be sorry to spoil my picture by the overemphasis of details.

    Germany and the Germans Price Collier
  • There had, indeed, been no overemphasis in the words she had used!

  • The Sunday school also sometimes offends in this respect by overemphasis on academic tasks for home work.

  • It is a manner full of exaggeration and overemphasis, but with some remarkable rhetorical qualities and a good deal of colour.

    Reviews Oscar Wilde
  • You will find the result is that overemphasis which has brought such discredit upon the name of "elocution."

    Vocal Expression

    Katherine Jewell Everts
  • In all dealing with this problem of young people, we must beware of overemphasis or exaggeration.

    Sex-education Maurice Alpheus Bigelow

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