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 ?
This he continued during the whole day with the same result--humiliating disappointment, which overwrought his nerves and made his head ache.
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.
About the same time I revelled in the romanticism of 'Henry Esmond,' with its pseudo-eighteenth-century sentiment, and its appeals to an overwrought ideal of gentlemanhood and honor.
I was taken home, nervous and overwrought, sick with the invasion of my real life by that other life of my dreams.
My nerves were overwrought, I dare says after reading the dreadful confession of Eustace's first wife.
Yet I was not hysterical nor in any way overwrought.
Presently he said, "I shall feel better when I get to bed; I have been overwrought today; yes, and overworked for many days.
Her lover must have guessed her overwrought state, and invented some excuse for her non-appearance, for no inquiries were made or calls given.
All was silence, utter silence there, in which the throbbing of her own frightened heart seemed to her overwrought imagination to fill the ship with its thunderous alarm.
Signs of an overwrought brain showed themselves, here and there, as the outline of the play approached its end.
Even Genevieve felt that there was something irresistibly funny in the remark, and the relief of the audience was communicated to her; yet she felt sick and faint, and was overwrought with horror at what she had seen and was seeing.
You are so distressed, so overwrought, that you look at many things mistakenly.