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pretentious, high-flown, ostentatious, pompous, grandiose, over-elaborate, overblown, overripe, overworked, overdoneView synonyms
- ‘I suspect some listeners will hate it, thinking it too over-elaborate, but I love it.’
- ‘While limiting its attention to what the defendant has actually said or written the court should be cautious of an over-elaborate analysis of the material issue.’
- ‘The plot is over-elaborate and the style is rudimentary, but the romance is full of life and traditional motifs.’
- ‘At times the attempt to jam poems full of New Zealand's many disparate actual and imagined elements, and the occasional use of over-elaborate diction, don't allow the reader to form an image or establish a mood.’
- ‘It is simplicity in a pudding bowl, and the tradition of a final splash of whisky on top is neither an affected nor over-elaborate addition.’
- ‘White picket fencing, kerbstones around plots and over-elaborate flower beds were also to be stopped in a bid to tidy up cemeteries.’
- ‘The court should avoid an over-elaborate analysis of the article, because an ordinary reader would not analyse the article as a lawyer or accountant would analyse documents or accounts.’
- ‘Standing on the grassy down above them was a young woman dressed in a long-sleeved dark blue top and a knee-length black skirt, which seemed strange and over-elaborate in the excessive heat.’
- ‘At the time I was inclined to think that the network of commissioning and monitoring committees was over-elaborate, but with hindsight I can see the point of it.’
- ‘So the critics will continue to say that he is too unpredictable and over-elaborate, but that is the downside of genius.’
- ‘In such a situation it would be stupid to provide an over-elaborate explanation.’
- ‘Portraits are not usually over-elaborate, and ought to portray a likeness of the subject, also offering some insight to the subject's personality.’
- ‘The judge should be wary of an over-elaborate and analytical approach.’
- ‘One way or another, the system appears to be an over-elaborate, profit-driven, under-regulated mess.’
- ‘For once, showboating and over-elaborate play had replaced their usual ruthless efficiency.’
Explain or treat in excessive detail.‘if they don't overelaborate the story I don't question it’
overstate, overemphasize, overstress, overestimate, overvalue, magnify, amplify, aggrandize, inflateView synonyms
- ‘I thought we started positively and we were knocking it about but then we started to over-elaborate.’
- ‘His lawyer accused the teenager of deliberately over-elaborating a simple incident.’
- ‘We don't go out to do so much handpassing, and we might have over-elaborated at times in the semi-final, but that happens.’
- ‘For all their flourishes, they lack cutting edge, consistently over-elaborating when it seemed more sensible to shoot.’
- ‘The ghostwriter wants to produce a good book and they have over-elaborated on things.’
- ‘Her voice was so expressive because of its incredible calm and internal fortitude, never needing to do too much or to over-elaborate.’
- ‘With the Irish pack ruling the roost, and Scotland over-elaborating to a ridiculous degree on the few occasions they managed to get their hands on the ball, the young Irish backs began to look increasingly incisive.’
- ‘The home side struggled to move the ball away from the base of the scrum and also over-elaborated in their own half when a policy of sticking to the basics may have served them better.’
- ‘Never seeking to over-elaborate on the emotion, Polanski chooses to keep things fundamentally austere.’
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