Definition of overemphasis in US English:



  • Excessive emphasis.

    • ‘Until this ridiculous overemphasis on sprinting and short course competition is reversed, the United States is going to remain stuck on a long downhill slide in competing with the rest of the world.’
    • ‘This proficiency is certainly essential in preventing boundary transgressions and violations in treatment, but it is also important in avoiding diagnostic errors of overemphasis or underemphasis.’
    • ‘Individual patients may suffer considerably as a result of therapeutic nihilism resulting from overemphasis on risk avoidance.’
    • ‘In addition, the speakers discussed barriers to integrating systems, such as overemphasis on acute care, entrepreneurial interests, lack of incentives, and lack of methodology criteria.’
    • ‘Given this overemphasis on doing, perhaps it's not surprising that many of the fallen leaders I studied appeared to have a strikingly impoverished sense of self.’
    • ‘Atkinson said overemphasis on the SAT I, the two-part verbal and math test taken by about 2 million high school students nationally each year, is distorting educational priorities.’
    • ‘Their overemphasis on fragmentation, however, offers neither political nor intellectual support in confronting the oppressions with which feminism has historically been concerned.’
    • ‘Although some effort has been made to broaden the sources of suggestions for appraisals, there continues to be overemphasis on new technologies and relatively little attention paid to old technologies that may be redundant.’
    • ‘Through its overemphasis on democratic accountability in the name of transparency, the present social system stands in the way of the emergence of such a self-appointed elite.’
    • ‘When a technique is overused or too many devices occur at the same time the result is overemphasis; when a technique is underused or too few devices occur the result is underemphasis.’
    • ‘The author is critical of Madeleine Albright's overemphasis on the process of peace rather than its substance.’
    • ‘An overemphasis on any one level of care will neglect issues of great importance.’
    • ‘Moreover, the media giants' overemphasis on a few large demographic blocs has neglected many other, smaller audiences, and has contributed immensely to the dumbing down of both news and entertainment.’
    • ‘Educators blame the lack of interest or knowledge of civics on several things, including grade inflation, overemphasis of test scores, and failure to teach the relevance of the Constitution.’
    • ‘But for everyone else - preschools, teachers, parents, very young children and the community as a whole - overemphasis of foreign languages and cultures will result in bitter defeat.’
    • ‘I think there is a little bit of overemphasis, if I can say this, on the bloodhound issue.’
    • ‘Second, the misuse and overemphasis of student evaluation of teaching instruments needs to be addressed.’
    • ‘The overemphasis on creature comforts, like cars, clothes, electricity, running water, heating, windows, locks, and anything else are rejected in Tyler's life.’
    • ‘The problem is overemphasis on tests that do not have a demonstrable relationship to the student's program of study - a problem that is amplified when tests are assumed to measure innate ability.’
    • ‘An overemphasis on market protection and monopolistic tendencies ignores that the people involved recognize the competitive nature of the drug business and act accordingly.’
    exaggeration, magnification, amplification, overplaying, dramatization, colouring, embroidery, embellishment, enhancement, inflation, extravagance, hyperbole, excessiveness, overestimation, overvaluation, aggrandizement
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