Definitions

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

  • n. Destructive nuclear capacity exceeding the amount needed to destroy an enemy.
  • n. Excessive killing.
  • n. An excess of what is necessary or appropriate for a particular end: "government overkill in dealing with dissent” ( Jesse Unruh).
  • transitive v. To destroy (an enemy or enemy target) with more nuclear force than necessary.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A destructive capacity that exceeds that needed to destroy an enemy; especially with nuclear weapons.
  • n. An unnecessary excess of whatever is needed to achieve a goal.
  • v. To destroy something with more (nuclear) force than is required.

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

  • n. the capability to obliterate a target with more weapons (especially nuclear weapons) than are required
  • n. any effort that seems to go farther than would be necessary to achieve its goal

Etymologies

From over- +‎ kill. (Wiktionary)

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