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verb (used with object), o·ver·ex·cit·ed, o·ver·ex·cit·ing.
  1. to excite too much.
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Origin of overexcite

First recorded in 1815–25; over- + excite
Related formso·ver·ex·cit·a·ble, adjectiveo·ver·ex·cit·a·bil·i·ty, nouno·ver·ex·cit·a·bly, adverbo·ver·ex·cite·ment, noun
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Examples from the Web for over-excitement

Historical Examples of over-excitement

  • She was ill from over-exertion, and nervous from over-excitement and grief.

    Christie Redfern's Troubles

    Margaret Robertson

  • The tears of over-excitement were running down my face as I put up the pistol.

  • His cheek too shows a flush of over-excitement, the ridge of a storm-cloud at sunset.

    About London

    J. Ewing Ritchie

  • "A collapse from alcohol and over-excitement," he pronounced it.

    Shadows of Flames

    Amelie Rives

  • I remember that on one occasion Ward fainted at his work, from no other cause, I think, than over-excitement.

Word Origin and History for over-excitement


1815, from over- + excitement.

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