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overshadow

[oh-ver-shad-oh] /ˌoʊ vərˈʃæd oʊ/
verb (used with object)
1.
to be more important or significant by comparison:
For years he overshadowed his brother.
2.
to cast a shadow over; cover with shadows, clouds, darkness, etc.; darken or obscure:
clouds overshadowing the moon.
3.
to make sad or hang heavily over; cast a pall on:
a disappointment that overshadowed their last years.
4.
Archaic. to shelter or protect.
Origin
900
before 900; Middle English overshadewen, Old English ofersceadwian. See over-, shadow
Related forms
overshadower, noun
overshadowingly, adverb
Synonyms
1. eclipse, outshine, dwarf.
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Examples for overshadowed
  • All of those items are overshadowed by a company that now can't keep its service running.
  • Their lives are overshadowed by a fear that they will not live up to their own goals or the demands of their parents and teachers.
  • But it's not good to let climbing be overshadowed by that.
  • Once you have it, the other waterproof jackets will be overshadowed.
  • The entire concept of the student conference would have been overshadowed by the tension induced by the threats.
  • Thus, controversial theology overshadowed all else and both universities were drawn into the whirlpool of politics.
  • In a few moments the horizon was again overshadowed, and an almost impenetrable gloom mantled the face of the skies.
  • They set out for the place, a pool overshadowed with trees, but apparently connected with the sea.
  • But all moral or theological sentiment is overshadowed by the fascination of city life.
  • Our works of fiction and poetry have been overshadowed by the same infectious gloom.
British Dictionary definitions for overshadowed

overshadow

/ˌəʊvəˈʃædəʊ/
verb (transitive)
1.
to render insignificant or less important in comparison
2.
to cast a shadow or gloom over
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Word Origin and History for overshadowed

overshadow

v.

Old English ofersceadwian "to cast a shadow over, obscure;" see over + shadow (v.). It was used to render Latin obumbrare in New Testament, as were Middle High German überschatewen, Middle Dutch overschaduwen, Gothic ufarskadwjan. Figurative sense is from 1580s. Related: Overshadowed; overshadowing.

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