Definition of overdramatize in US English:

overdramatize

(British overdramatise)

verb

[with object]
  • React to or portray (something) in an excessively dramatic manner.

    ‘I succumbed to the temptation to overdramatize my theme’
    • ‘It's to Fererra's credit that he never overdramatizes events here.’
    • ‘In one story on calcium channel blockers - hypertension preventatives - the media overdramatized the drugs' risks.’
    • ‘Without wanting to overdramatise it, it's probably the nearest thing we get these days to a gladiatorial contest.’
    • ‘While it would be wrong to overdramatise the problem, the reality is that a large section of society is greatly aggrieved by the cost of insurance.’
    • ‘We've been talking about how wonderful forensic science is, but those programs do tend to overdramatize it.’
    • ‘Commercial publishers have a tendency to get the product on the street as early as possible and to overdramatize the role of the leader - because it sells books.’
    • ‘But one shouldn't overdramatize that or overstate it.’
    • ‘While cinema is meant to entertain, movie makers should be alive to a responsibility to put forth their views on various happenings as well, without overdramatizing things for the sake of cinema.’
    • ‘My tendency to overdramatize things in my mind doesn't help either.’
    • ‘I think this is an important issue but we can't just take one area of concern and overdramatize it, particularly not in the context of all the good these institutions do.’
    • ‘Despite this tendency to overdramatize the story, much that is worthwhile still appears in this book.’
    • ‘Sometimes I wonder if we should switch our professions, the way you like to overdramatize things.’
    • ‘I neither want to overdramatise it or just trivialise it.’
    • ‘Adults, on the other hand, tend to overdramatize or put too much into everyday behavior as a result of having a serious illness.’
    • ‘I don't mean to overdramatize the event, since what I'm really writing about is relaxation.’
    • ‘But we tend as a society to sensationalize and overdramatize the effect.’
    • ‘I don't know if that is overdramatising it, because it is only sport at the end of the day and you don't have to go through anything like what they went through in the war.’
    • ‘I think they have to be careful not to overdramatize it.’
    • ‘However, like those who declared that the sky was falling in the 1980s, one cannot help feeling that Barnett has overdramatized the situation.’
    • ‘He was an animated character who overdramatized excitement, which was partially why the play was so funny.’
    sensational, sensationalist, melodramatic, exaggerated, overdramatized, extravagant, colourful, trashy, rubbishy, cheap, pulp, tasteless, kitschy
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Pronunciation

overdramatize

/ˌōvərˈdramətīz/