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overemphasize

or (especially British) overemphasise

[oh-ver-em-fuh-sahyz] /ˌoʊ vərˈɛm fəˌsaɪz/
verb (used with object), overemphasized, overemphasizing.
1.
to emphasize excessively.
verb (used without object), overemphasized, overemphasizing.
2.
to use excessive emphasis.
Origin of overemphasize
1900-1905
1900-05; over- + emphasize
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  • It would be hard to overemphasize the importance of this particular service which missions are rendering.

    The Child in the Midst Mary Schauffler Labaree
  • I do not think it possible to overemphasize Gourmont's sense of beauty.

    Instigations Ezra Pound
  • Sevčik was in many ways a wonderful teacher, yet inclined to overemphasize the mechanical side of the art.

    Violin Mastery Frederick H. Martens
  • The difficulty lies chiefly in the temptation to overemphasize.

    News Writing M. Lyle Spencer
  • Over and under do not ordinarily call for a hyphen; overemphasize, underfed, but over-careful, over-spiritualistic.

    Compound Words Frederick W. Hamilton
  • We cannot overemphasize the importance of squeezing your trigger.

    The Plattsburg Manual O.O. Ellis and E.B. Garey
  • These examples are rather bald, and overemphasize the method in order to make it clear.

    Etiquette Emily Post
  • It is practically impossible to overemphasize the importance of the boy's vocational choice.

  • In general we overemphasize that side of morality which consists in abstinence and not doing wrong.

    Ethics John Dewey and James Hayden Tufts
British Dictionary definitions for overemphasize

overemphasize

/ˌəʊvərˈɛmfəˌsaɪz/
verb (transitive)
1.
to give excessive emphasis or prominence to (something)
Derived Forms
overemphasis, noun
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