Definition of overreaction in English:

overreaction

noun

  • A more emotional or forcible response than is justified.

    ‘sacking him is a massive overreaction’
    mass noun ‘there's been some overreaction to the new technology’
    • ‘Several leading figures have applauded her publicising of an important issue but warned against hysterical overreaction.’
    • ‘So it seems to be a bit of an overreaction for what is a slight offence.’
    • ‘Let's have a bit of common sense justice rather than all this hysterical overreaction.’
    • ‘This is typical of the knee-jerk overreaction that I find idiotic.’
    • ‘Even a moment's reflection is enough to realise that this is an extreme overreaction to a non-existent threat.’
    • ‘The inflammation appears to be, at least in part, a result of an overreaction to normal intestinal flora.’
    • ‘As a consequence of investor overreaction, asset prices can temporarily depart from their underlying fundamental values.’
    • ‘He said the dramatic downturn in the number of graduates was an over-reaction to recent job losses.’
    • ‘Some sort of overreaction to the protests was expected.’
    • ‘Now nobody wants the blame for what most consider a gross overreaction.’

Pronunciation

overreaction

/ˌəʊvərɪˈakʃ(ə)n/