Definitions

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  • adj. Excessively great.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Too great.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Too great.

Etymologies

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over- +‎ great

Examples

  • For when the way of pleasuring, and displeasuring, lieth by the favorite, it is impossible any other should be overgreat.

    The Essays

  • In practical use this overgreat sensibility proves to be a fault.

    Scientific American Supplement, No. 620, November 19,1887

  • A vague sadness touches his mood, and this pensive moment goes far toward gaining back to him the sympathy which his overgreat sturdiness in dealing death had perhaps forfeited.

    The Wagnerian Romances

  • In the New Testament the overgreat emphasis which he thought James placed on works as against faith caused him to depreciate this Epistle and to question its apostolic authorship.

    Luther Examined and Reexamined A Review of Catholic Criticism and a Plea for Revaluation

  • Then he made to enquire and to take all christian men, and without examination made them to be tormented with overgreat torments.

    The Golden Legend, vol. 4

  • For the inhabitants of that region used baths and ointments for the overgreat burning and heat of the sun.

    The Golden Legend, vol. 4

  • London is a great and grievous city; and mayhappen when ye come thither it shall seem to you overgreat to deal with, when ye remember the little townships and the cots ye came from.

    A Dream of John Ball and a King's Lesson

  • Abiding on this wise, it befell (even as we see it happen all day long that, how much soever things may please, they grow irksome, an one have overgreat plenty thereof) that Restagnone, who had much loved

    The Decameron of Giovanni Boccaccio

  • The causes of superstition are: pleasing and sensual rites and ceremonies; excess of outward and pharisaical holiness; overgreat reverence of traditions, which cannot but load the church; the stratagems of prelates, for their own ambition and lucre; the favoring too much of good intentions, which openeth the gate to conceits and novelties; the taking an aim at divine matters, by human, which cannot but breed mixture of imaginations: and, lastly, barbarous times, especially joined with calamities and disasters.

    The Essays

  • Nevertheless it must be admitted that cowardice does not seem to be very compatible with any nobility of character — if only for the reason that it betrays an overgreat apprehension about one’s own person.

    On Human Nature

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