Definition of overwrought in English:


Line breaks: over|wrought
Pronunciation: /əʊvəˈrɔːt


  • 2(Of a piece of writing or a work of art) too elaborate or complicated in design or construction: a pseudo-Gothic church far too overwrought for such a small town overwrought prose
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    • The award for most overwrought writing about snow goes to…
    • Some overwrought writing mars an otherwise sharp and insightful exploration of homophobia in the deep South.
    • On the other hand, the straight-ahead rock, soul and Eurodance is the overwrought work of a man who should know better.
    excessively ornate, over-ornate, over-elaborate, over-embellished, overblown, overripe, exaggerated, overdone, florid, busy, fussy, contrived, overworked, strained, laboured, baroque, rococo


late Middle English: archaic past participle of overwork.

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