Definition of overkill in English:

overkill

Syllabification: o·ver·kill
Pronunciation: /ˈōvərˌkil
 
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noun

1The amount by which destruction or the capacity for destruction exceeds what is necessary: the existing nuclear overkill
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  • Despite his sense of legality, he could resort to dramatic displays of armed might and air power to quell internal opposition with literal overkill.
  • The main consideration was to avoid weapon overkill.
1.1Excessive use, treatment, or action; too much of something: animators now face a dilemma of technology overkill
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  • Nevertheless, one can't help but think the hordes of Canadian Mounted Police and other law enforcement personnel amounts to overkill.
  • While it may seem like overkill, the military was finally satisfied.
  • Yet now that the government seems to be throwing its weight behind the issue, some critics call it overkill.
Synonyms
excess, embroidery, embellishment, hyperbole, gilding the lily

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