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[oh-ver-zel-uh s]
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  1. too zealous: overzealous for reform.
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Origin of overzealous

First recorded in 1625–35; over- + zealous
Related formso·ver·zeal·ous·ly, adverbo·ver·zeal·ous·ness, noun
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Related Words for overzealous

sympathetic, unjust, biased, sectarian, one-sided, restless, fidgety, demonstrative, impulsive, high-strung, fiery, hysterical, skittish, temperamental, excitable, blind, exclusive, partial, colored, fanatic

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  1. excessively zealous
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Word Origin and History for overzealous


also over-zealous, 1630s, from over- + zealous. Related: Overzealously; overzealousness.

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