overwrought


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o·ver·wrought

 (ō′vər-rôt′)
adj.
1. Excessively nervous or excited; agitated.
2. Extremely elaborate or ornate; overdone: overwrought prose style.

overwrought

(ˌəʊvəˈrɔːt)
adj
1. full of nervous tension; agitated
2. too elaborate; fussy: an overwrought style.
3. (Art Terms) (and foll by: with) with the surface decorated or adorned

o•ver•wrought

(ˈoʊ vərˈrɔt, ˌoʊ vər-)

adj.
1. extremely excited or agitated.
2. excessively complex or ornate.
[1660–70]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.overwrought - deeply agitated especially from emotionoverwrought - deeply agitated especially from emotion; "distraught with grief"
agitated - troubled emotionally and usually deeply; "agitated parents"

overwrought

adjective
1. distraught, upset, excited, desperate, wired (slang), anxious, distressed, tense, distracted, frantic, in a state, hysterical, wound up (informal), worked up (informal), agitated, uptight (informal), on edge, strung out (informal), out of your mind, keyed up, overexcited, in a tizzy (informal), at the end of your tether, wrought-up, beside yourself, in a twitter (informal) When I'm feeling overwrought, I try to take some time out to relax.
distraught controlled, cool, collected, calm, self-contained, unmoved, dispassionate, unfazed (informal), impassive, emotionless
2. overelaborate, contrived, overdone, flamboyant, baroque, high-flown, ornate, fussy, flowery, busy, rococo, florid, grandiloquent, euphuistic, overembellished, overornate He writes pretentious, overwrought poetry.
Translations

overwrought

[ˌəʊvəˈrɔːt] ADJ to be overwroughtestar crispado

overwrought

[ˌəʊvərˈrɔːt] adjà cran, à bout

overwrought

adj
personüberreizt
(= too elaborate) styleüberfeinert, verkünstelt

overwrought

[ˌəʊvəˈrɔːt] adjestremamente agitato/a
References in classic literature ?
Thou'rt overwrought with passion; it disorders thy mind.
Think what overwrought reverence that shows for the turnip, and what callous disrespect for the girl.
Presently he said, "I shall feel better when I get to bed; I have been overwrought today; yes, and overworked for many days.
The thought, too, came into my overwrought brain that our parts now were completely changed, that she was now the heroine, while I was just a crushed and humiliated creature as she had been before me that night--four days before.
I do not know, I cannot clearly remember, but I think that, during a moment when wakefulness was thus contending with slumber, a strange dream, a horrible vision, visited my overwrought brain, and I awoke in terror.
This he continued during the whole day with the same result--humiliating disappointment, which overwrought his nerves and made his head ache.
Her lover must have guessed her overwrought state, and invented some excuse for her non-appearance, for no inquiries were made or calls given.
At the end of the second week the overwrought head appealed passionately for relief, and Owen was removed to the Postage Department, where, when he had leisure from answering Audrey's telephone calls, he entered the addresses of letters in a large book and took them to the post.
For what seemed an eternity to my overwrought nerves I remained poised thus.
Scarcely thirty steps, all told, must I take, and yet it seemed to my overwrought imagination that that farther wall was miles away; but at last I reached it, nor once had I taken my eyes from the back of the old miser's head.
Bravely had she faced the dangers of the mutiny; with heroic fortitude she had looked into the terrible future; but now that the horror of absolute solitude was upon them, her overwrought nerves gave way, and the reaction came.
He seemed to have been born with overwrought nerves, and in his passionate desire to excel, he was often led to the brink of some rash step; and yet, having resolved upon such a step, when the moment arrived, he invariably proved too sensible to take it.