overreaction overreaction  /ˈoʊ vər ri ˌæk ʃən/

Definition(s):

  • (n) an excessive reaction; a reaction with inappropriate emotional behavior

Usage(s):

  1. The disease seemed to trigger a massive overreaction of victims' immune systems; when autopsies were performed on flu victims, lungs were found to be blue and sodden.
  2. When you see them, you see the extent of the overreaction.
  3. overreaction of to a total stranger's crying child.

News

  1. What If the Chicago Cubs' Starlin Castro Isn't the Superstar We All Thought He Was?

    COMMENTARY | I know, I know, worrying about Starlin Castro at this point is the equivalent of parachuting out of a plane because of a little bit of turbulence. It's too early, it's too quick, and it's an overreaction. But what if Starlin Castro isn't the future superstar we all thought he was?
    on June 10, 2013     Source: Yahoo! Contributor Network via Yahoo! Sports

  2. Reconsider the Patriot Act

    Sometimes in the light of day, what seemed necessary during a crisis shows itself to be an obvious overreaction. Post 9/11, in our anger and our fear, this country made more than one hasty, fear-driven mistake.
    on June 9, 2013     Source: The Staunton News Leader

  3. Investing in Credibility: The Story of the Americas

    The hyper-expansion of the BRICS nations was seen by some as an overreaction to instability in the global economy in the late 2000s. Countries like Brazil became a hot commodity for investors when Europe and the US economy were faltering. With some normalcy in the US economy returning recently, Brazil’s ...
    on June 8, 2013     Source: Foreign Policy Blogs

Quotes

  1. "I continue to believe, based on what I have heard, that there was an overreaction in pulling professor Gates out of his home to the station," Obama said. "I also continue to believe, based on what I heard, that professor Gates probably...
    on Jul 24, 2009 By: Barack Obama Source: Los Angeles Times

  2. Mr Gartside said: "I have great sympathy for any of our supporters who have been injured by what is clearly an overreaction by the Spanish police. Bolton Wanderers Football Club will be pursuing the matter at the highest level and seeking an...
    on Feb 21, 2008 By: Phil Gartside Source: BBC News

  3. "I mistakenly thought the reporter and photographer in question were at the hotel to confront me about some earlier comments," Williams said. "I was wrong, and I apologize for my overreaction."
    on Dec 1, 2007 By: Montel Williams Source: CTV.ca

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