from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To cover with clouds.
  • transitive v. To make dark and gloomy.
  • intransitive v. To become cloudy.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To cover, or become covered, with clouds

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • transitive v. To cover or overspread with clouds; to becloud; to overcast.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To cover or overspread with clouds; hence, to cover with gloom, depression, or sorrow.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. become covered with clouds
  • v. make obscure or unclear


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  • Enough, my feelings are lighter than they have been; and, though fear and wonder are still around me, they are unable entirely to overcloud the horizon.


  • From this state of repose, amounting almost to apathy respecting the past, his thoughts were carried forward to the future, which, in spite of all that existed to overcloud the prospect, glittered with such hues as, under much happier auspices, his unstimulated imagination had not been able to produce, even in its most exalted state.

    The Talisman

  • I hope nothing will happen to overcloud to-mor-row.

    Sir Charles Grandison

  • We all foresaw, that the situation of this admirable lady would overcloud a little (we hoped hut a little) the — happiest days that ever mortals knew.

    Sir Charles Grandison

  • And by this letting the issue overcloud the actual problem, to get people to share and promote this in any ways possible.

    The nonsense of "knowledge management"

  • Judge, then, whether I have not cause to warn you of an indulgence, which may produce so terrible an effect, and which must certainly, if not opposed, overcloud the years, that otherwise might be happy.

    The Mysteries of Udolpho

  • According to Talfourd, literary criticism is a venue and an inquiry which "should be sacred from all discordant emotions" (441) in order for the reader better to appreciate "those talents and feelings which [Hazlitt] has here brought to the contemplation of such beauty and grandeur, [which] none of the low passions of this 'ignorant present time' should ever be permitted to overcloud" (438-9).

    Periodical Indigestion

  • Because he was a strict discipliarian, and you can see this would overcloud what was really there.

    Oral History Interview with Katharine Du Pre Lumpkin, August 4, 1974. Interview G-0034. Southern Oral History Program Collection (#4007)

  • It is a comparatively thoughtful and anxious class of men who systematically overcloud the present by anticipations of the future.

    The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 07, No. 43, May, 1861 Creator

  • And you need not take any notice what quantity of fine small Laces she hath occasion for, by reason it might perhaps overcloud this sixth pleasure of marriage, which you now possess.

    The Ten Pleasures of Marriage and the Second Part, The Confession of the New Married Couple


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