o|ver|em|pha|sis [ ,ouvər`emfəsıs ] noun singular or uncount
the tendency to treat something as being more important than it really is

Usage of the words and phrases in modern English. 2013.

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  • overemphasis — Excessive and unwarranted emphasis. [PJC] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • overemphasis — index exaggeration, histrionics, hyperbole Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • overemphasis — [[t]o͟ʊvəre̱mfəsɪs[/t]] N SING: also no det, usu N on n If you say that there is an overemphasis on a particular thing, you mean that more importance or attention is given to it than is necessary. He attributed the party s lack of success to an… …   English dictionary

  • overemphasis — overemphasize (also overemphasise) ► VERB ▪ place excessive emphasis on. DERIVATIVES overemphasis noun …   English terms dictionary

  • overemphasis — overemphatic /oh veuhr em fat ik/, adj. /oh veuhr em feuh sis/, n. excessive or undue emphasis. [1895 1900; OVER + EMPHASIS] * * * …   Universalium

  • overemphasis — noun state in which something receives too much stress or attention …   Wiktionary

  • overemphasis — Synonyms and related words: aggrandizement, amplification, ballyhoo, big talk, blowing up, burlesque, caricature, dilatation, dilation, enhancement, enlargement, exaggerating, exaggeration, excess, exorbitance, expansion, extravagance, extreme,… …   Moby Thesaurus

  • overemphasis — n. excessive emphasis …   English contemporary dictionary

  • overemphasis — UK [ˌəʊvərˈemfəsɪs] / US [ˌoʊvərˈemfəsɪs] noun [singular/uncountable] the tendency to treat something as being more important than it really is …   English dictionary

  • overemphasis — o ver•em′pha•sis n …   From formal English to slang

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