American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- v. To praise excessively.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To praise too much; praise unduly or beyond measure.
- v. To praise to an excessive degree.
GNU Webster's 1913
- v. To praise excessively or unduly.
- v. praise excessively
- over- + praise (Wiktionary)
“I suspect the kind of overpraise in H2L’s first paragraph is the reason that so many Cav Daily people are such smug douchebags.”
“Then one can hardly overpraise the repudiation, annexed from Franklin even if he may not actually have said it, of "the false choice between our safety and our ideals.”
“I wrote a piece on a pampered Fifth Avenue turtle, Skipperdee, a few months back, but I don't think you can overpraise them.”
“We overpraise American Beauty and trash Fight Club, not realizing which one will truly stand the test of time.”
“Boomer parents "are more likely than their parents were to praise children — and maybe overpraise them," Twenge says.”
“But for now, he's the "it" actor of the moment to overpraise.”
“Reviewers often overpraise novels that allude to great works of fiction, because the allusions can give a gloss of sophistication pop fiction or worse.”
“For just one moment, he must realize that his heroic destiny might require more than playing Quidditch, glowing in ridiculous overpraise, and being repeatedly rescued by a 94-pound girl.”
“It's been a few years since I've seen this, so perhaps that's overpraise.”
“According to many psychologists, in the rush to build self-esteem, many parents and teachers overpraise.”
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