from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Diligent to excess.


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  • Alone amongst my friends, Miracle had some idea of my ‘other life’ but even then thought it no more than the hobby of an over-diligent gossip.

    The Vesuvius Club

  • Prince Nicholas Troubetzkoÿ, strange to say, entertained an aversion towards the Poles; and it might be thought that he was not fond of the Russians, as he would not allow me to continue to learn their language, and took it upon himself to teach me French, but I fear I was not over-diligent in my efforts to acquire that vivacious tongue.

    The Autobiography of Nicholas Said; a Native of Bornou, Eastern Soudan, Central Africa

  • O over-cunning, over-watchful, over-diligent, and over-sociable misery of man, that seldom comes alone, but then when it may accompany other miseries, and so put one another into the higher exaltation, and better heart.

    Devotions Upon Emergent Occasions Together with Death's Duel

  • What Mr McCarthy did was not simply being over-diligent in his pursuit of a case, it was pure abuse of process.


  • Given that it is spring break, student parking was closed, and I have a valid student permit, I assumed I would be safe from the over-diligent parking enforcement.

    The Rebel Yell


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