overwrought

[oh-ver-rawt, oh-ver-]
adjective
1.
extremely or excessively excited or agitated: to become overwrought on hearing bad news; an overwrought personality.
2.
elaborated to excess; excessively complex or ornate: written in a florid, overwrought style.
3.
Archaic. wearied or exhausted by overwork.

Origin:
1660–70; over- + wrought


1. overexcited, worked up, wrought up, distracted, frantic.
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overwork

[v. oh-ver-wurk; n. oh-ver-wurk]
verb (used with object)
1.
to cause to work too hard, too much, or too long; weary or exhaust with work (often used reflexively): Don't overwork yourself on that new job.
2.
to work up, stir up, or excite excessively: to overwork a mob to the verge of frenzy.
3.
to employ or elaborate to excess: an appeal for sympathy that has been overworked by many speakers.
4.
to work or decorate all over; decorate the surface of: white limestone overworked with inscriptions.
verb (used without object)
5.
to work too hard, too much, or too long; work to excess: You look as though you've been overworking.
noun
6.
work beyond one's strength or capacity.
7.
extra or excessive work.

Origin:
before 1000; Old English oferwyrcan. See over-, work

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overwork
 
vb
1.  (also intr) to work or cause to work too hard or too long
2.  to use too much: to overwork an excuse
3.  to decorate the surface of
4.  to work up
 
n
5.  excessive or excessively tiring work
 
over'worked
 
adj

overwrought (ˌəʊvəˈrɔːt)
 
adj (and foll by with)
1.  full of nervous tension; agitated
2.  too elaborate; fussy: an overwrought style
3.  with the surface decorated or adorned

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Word Origin & History

overwork
"to cause to work too hard," 1530, from over + work (q.v.). O.E. oferwiercan meant "to work all over," i.e. "to decorate the whole surface of."

overwrought
"worked up to too high a pitch," 1825, lit. "over-worked," from over + wrought (q.v.).
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  colorful and sometimes overwrought ways.
But in the experiment, readers judged the authors of the overwrought texts to
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The cinema is fairly overwrought in all countries but must, surely, bear some
  relationship to reality.
The early comparisons dominating the airwaves strike some legal experts as
  overwrought.
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