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  • n. Plural form of overgrowth.

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Examples

  • To over-writers like, I must admit, myself, it may seem a trifle odd to suggest adding detail to a piece of writing as short as 5 pages, but actually, most synopses suffer from overgrowths of generalization and an insufficiency of specifics.

    Author! Author! » 2009 » September

  • Though I can't say I ever much objected to Vancian prose overgrowths, which are usually both evocative and just plain fun, he has just as often startled me with something simple and direct.

    :Acquired Taste

  • Since I don't suffer from bowel or bladder problems, immune deficiencies, or periodic overgrowths of candida, I must conclude that my bacteria are flourishing just fine.

    land of plenty

  • Other inconsequent questions jutted from the obscurity like the untrimmed overgrowths from the hedges of a neglected maze.

    An Excellent Mystery

  • This is one of the necessary and inevitable overgrowths of a luxury which we have not yet learned to manage.

    Manners and Social Usages

  • Their aim was restoration, and in the process of attaining to it, they exercised the most careful discrimination between the old and the new, and, while cutting away without hesitation the later overgrowths, preserved with scrupulous care the ancient landmarks.

    Studies in the Book of Common Prayer

  • It was still possible to regard the various symptoms of change, numerous as they were, and far-reaching as we now see them to have been, as sporadic phenomena, as rank but unessential overgrowths on the old society, which it was possible by pruning and the application of other suitable remedies to get rid of, and thereby to restore a state of pristine health in the body political and social.

    German Culture Past and Present

  • We have made our protest -- we are daily making it -- in the face of society, against the fictions and overgrowths which at the present time are excluding

    Robert Elsmere

  • We have made our protest -- we are daily making it -- in the face of society, against the fictions and overgrowths which at the present time are excluding him more and more from human love.

    Robert Elsmere

  • So, if ever I hear that you have betrayed the first symptom of age, that your back is bent a twentieth of an inch from the perpendicular, I shall hasten to believe you are shearing your prodigal overgrowths, and are calling in your troops to the citadel, and I may come in the first steamer to drop in of evenings and hear the central monosyllables.

    The Correspondence of Thomas Carlyle and Ralph Waldo Emerson, 1834-1872, Vol II

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