oversimplify

[ oh-ver-sim-pluh-fahy ]
/ ˌoʊ vərˈsɪm pləˌfaɪ /

verb (used with or without object), o·ver·sim·pli·fied, o·ver·sim·pli·fy·ing.

to simplify to the point of error, distortion, or misrepresentation.

Origin of oversimplify

First recorded in 1920–25; over- + simplify
Related formso·ver·sim·pli·fi·ca·tion, noun
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Examples from the Web for oversimplify

  • The author of this book recently told the BBC, “Fiction re-complicates what politicians wish to oversimplify.”

    The Best 9/11 Books|The Browser|September 9, 2011|DAILY BEAST
  • It is folly to attempt to oversimplify that which is of its nature complex.

    The Armed Forces Officer|U. S. Department of Defense

British Dictionary definitions for oversimplify

oversimplify

/ (ˌəʊvəˈsɪmplɪˌfaɪ) /

verb -fies, -fying or -fied

to simplify (something) to the point of distortion or error
Derived Formsoversimplification, noun
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Word Origin and History for oversimplify

oversimplify


v.

1908, from over- + simplify. Related: Oversimplified; oversimplifying.

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