[ oh-ver-ik-spoh-zher ]


  1. excessive exposure, especially of photographic film or a sensitized plate to light rays.
  2. the condition of having been seen, heard, or advertised so frequently or for so long that freshness or appeal is diminished.

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Word History and Origins

Origin of overexposure1

First recorded in 1870–75; over- + exposure

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Example Sentences

More than a year into the pandemic, we’re all suffering from overexposure to our own homes.

That small sample group kept the risk of overexposure limited to just a few subjects.

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As Hill has suffered from overexposure, other significant women of Everest have gone unnoticed, especially among the sherpanis.

Some officials appear multiple times a day during a crisis, which would amount to overexposure for a president.

Hollande, too, will try making himself scarce, to guard against overexposure too soon.

Thus there was always the threat of overexposure, something that was never a fear with an unknown like, say, Lovato.

The relatively—by Hollywood standards—private star, had not suffered from overexposure like a Bennifer or Jude Law.

But when you get down to the water's edge and shoot across the shining river, beware of overexposure.

The patent-medicine evil cannot be cured by occasional exposure or by overexposure.

Since the camera has its own light source, any leakage of outside light will cause overexposure of the film.