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oversensitiveness

Definitions

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  • n. The characteristic of being oversensitive.

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

  • n. sensitivity leading to easy irritation or upset

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Examples

  • And yet, after she had learned to make allowances for the oversensitiveness, Bea found Lila more lovable and winning week by week.

    Beatrice Leigh at College A Story for Girls

  • It came out of her conclusion to strike a blow at the child's oversensitiveness by a full dose of ridicule; by accusing her of affectation, a clever playing to the gallery; this when the night was early, and the mother still aching with weariness from the day's many tasks.

    Suzanna Stirs the Fire

  • Nothing seems to have checked the constant flow of composition; yet many causes were at work to hinder it, such as ill-health, poverty, an ill-balanced temperament, and an oversensitiveness with regard to the petty troubles arising out of his injudicious mode of life.

    Story-Lives of Great Musicians

  • Some of the most common of these sick reactions with which the nurse must deal are enhanced suggestibility, repression, oversensitiveness, stubbornness, fear, depression, and irritability.

    Applied Psychology for Nurses

  • She struggled to keep from oversensitiveness, from becoming unpopular by the sure method of believing that she was unpopular; but she hadn't much reserve of patience, and at the end of the second game, when Ella Stowbody sniffily asked her, "Are you going to send to Minneapolis for your dress for the next soirée -- heard you were," Carol said "Don't know yet" with unnecessary sharpness.

    Main Street

  • She struggled to keep from oversensitiveness, from becoming unpopular by the sure method of believing that she was unpopular; but she hadn't much reserve of patience, and at the end of the second game, when Ella Stowbody sniffily asked her, "Are you going to send to Minneapolis for your dress for the next soiree -- heard you were," Carol said "Don't know yet" with unnecessary sharpness.

    Main Street

  • One of the effects of safe and civilized life is an immense oversensitiveness which makes all the primary emotions seem somewhat disgusting.

    Collected Essays

  • The code is conventional, drawn directly from old French military life, and is not true to the line that separates real honor from dishonor, deliberate insult that wounds normal self-respect from injury fancied by oversensitiveness or feigned by arrogance; so that in its present form it is not the best safeguard of the sacred shrine of personality against invasion of ifs rights.

    Youth: Its Education, Regimen, and Hygiene

  • She knew, too, that she had herself to blame in part; her oversensitiveness, her quick temper, her want of deep insight had all had their share in making that evening such a blank failure.

    We Two, a novel

  • The Democratic administration has initially created the confusion by its lack of effective leadership, by its contradictory grave warnings and optimistic assurances, by its complacency to the threat of communism here at home, by its oversensitiveness to rightful criticism, by its petty bitterness against its critics.

    Democratic Central - Front Page

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