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[oh-ver-zel-uh s] /ˈoʊ vərˈzɛl əs/
too zealous:
overzealous for reform.
1625-35; over- + zealous
Related forms
overzealously, adverb
overzealousness, noun Unabridged
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Examples for overzealous
  • The tone of your article suggests that the detentions were overzealous.
  • Don't be overzealous with the skills or qualifications you're asking for.
  • Though treasure hunters think environmentalists are acting in good faith, many believe that they have been overzealous.
  • But then its charges had to be dismissed because an overzealous grand juror insisted on investigating on his own.
  • The law professor turned his artistic talents into a powerful tool for battling overzealous copyright laws.
  • overzealous insecticidal use may cause toxic reactions in patients.
  • It was an unopened bottle, bought in the departure area, so this seemed a bit overzealous.
  • overzealous police action may delay reporting of diseases.
  • Indeed, some of them amount to overzealous law enforcement railroading suspects, he said.
  • Combine this condition with overzealous drivers, and intersections easily become gridlocked.
British Dictionary definitions for overzealous


excessively zealous
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for overzealous
1630s, from over + zealous (q.v.).
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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