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Word: overwrought

Definition: nervous or excited; extremely agitated; hysterical; wrought-up; CF. wrought: made or done


Sentences Containing 'overwrought'

Allmovie called the film "an overwrought misfire that is best left to horror film completists."
Gary McGinley of No Ripcord called it "an album of two halves as the stronger brat-pop moments soon give way to by insipid, dated ballads"; he noted that "there are glimpses of promise scattered between the overwrought delivery and unnecessary vocal gymnastics", but concluded by saying that "Who You Are" "promised much more than what has been delivered".
Gillespie wrote positively of the author's breadth of knowledge and experience about the subject matter, "An American journalist living in London, Grossman brings a wealth of professional and personal experience to the material—and a clarity of style and analysis that is a welcome relief from both the hyperbolic prose of many Net boosters and the overwrought jeremiads of cyberphobes."
He's overworked and emotionally overwrought."
Her economy of language is a genuine asset in the often overwrought genre of expository writing.
In a world where women particularly are almost required to be overworked, overtired and overwrought, she is a refreshing, not to say alarming, beacon of decadence…with a teenager’s bafflement about the modern obsession with trying and failing to have it all….'
Jonathan Keefe of "Slant Magazine" was less favorable, saying in his review of the album, "His weakness for overwrought, schmaltzy pop ballads rears its head on second single 'God Gave Me You,' which sounds like something Bryan Adams or Foreigner would have recorded 20 years ago."
MacKenzie highly praised the characterization of Kepner, in addition to Capshaw's performance, commenting: "Jessica Capshaw has an incredible ability to take even the most melodramatic of "Grey's " speeches and deliver them with a subtlety and an honesty that makes them come off as sincere instead of overwrought."
Michael Dirda of the "Washington Post" disagreed, remarking that ""Anathem" will certainly be admired for its intelligence, ambition, control and ingenuity", but describing it as "fundamentally unoriginal", "grandiose, overwrought and pretty damn dull."
Slant Magazine's Casey Boland found its songs "grandiose, overwrought, overblown, superfluous and occasionally among the greatest songs Rose has recorded to date."
The work was well received, with the "New York Times Book Review" stating that Hillerman "is an expert at knowing what to leave out, and at making what he leaves in cut to the bone without seeming overwrought", and further that the prose is "laced with humor and worldly wisdom"; stating that ""Seldom Disappointed" is a splendid and disarming remembrance of things past".
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