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  • adj. Excessively earnest

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  • adj. Too earnest.


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over- +‎ earnest


  • At times, Saldaña is grandiose, overearnest — "melodramatic," one reviewer said — the inevitable consequence of youth.

    Youth and Prayer

  • The trouble is that the world is already full of overearnest creatures who believe that great art can do nothing else.

    The Smiling Genius

  • But regarding weight loss surgery and psychology — many people who do it did not really enjoy eating; they are not Paul Prudhomme, who got to 500 pounds by an honest if overearnest love of food.

    Compare/Contrast: Transsexuality and Fat

  • She has a sense of humor, saving the book from the overearnest drama inherent in tween narratives.

    Archive 2006-08-01

  • The book has an overearnest strain here and there, but it is a notable and highly individual contribution to humanistic scholarship.

    Short Review

  • The overearnest person dislikes this type of humor and reacts against it by calling it ` ` in bad taste. ''

    The Foundations of Personality

  • There are lots of good reasons to grumble at this overearnest melodrama.

  • When it moved Project Runway from Bravo to Lifetime, Weinstein Company transformed the latter cable network from overearnest television for spinsters into something more chic and cheeky, or so some people said at the time.


  • There is no such excuse for ABC’s Private Practice, a spinoff of Grey’s Anatomy, which is also on tonight and supposedly offers a postfeminist sensibility that is more playful and palatable than the overearnest women’s lib of the Lindsay Wagner generation.



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