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overkill Line breaks: over|kill
Pronunciation: /ˈəʊvəkɪl/

Definition of overkill in English:


[mass noun]
1Excessive use, treatment, or action: 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.
2The 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.

Words that rhyme with overkill

roadkill • Danakil

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