excessive or undue emphasis.

Origin of overemphasis

First recorded in 1895–1900; over- + emphasis
Related formso·ver·em·phat·ic [oh-ver-em-fat-ik] /ˌoʊ vər ɛmˈfæt ɪk/, adjective
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Contemporary Examples of overemphasis

Historical Examples of overemphasis

  • I should be sorry to spoil my picture by the overemphasis of details.

  • 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.


    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