- Archaic overworked; fatigued
- very nervous or excited
- with the surface adorned
- too elaborate; ornate
- When you are so overcome with joy about your husband coming home from war that you cannot contain yourself or express your emotions, this is an example of a time when you are overwrought.
- When a piece of poetry uses every rhyme scheme and literary tool imaginable and becomes way too complicated to be considered a good poem, this is an example of a poem that would be described as overwrought.
The definition of overwrought is overcome with emotion or in a state of high excitement and anxiety, or a creative work that is too elaborate and overdone.
- Excessively nervous or excited; agitated.
- Extremely elaborate or ornate; overdone: overwrought prose style.
(comparative more overwrought, superlative most overwrought)
- In a state of excessive nervousness, excitement, or anger; Extremely tense, anxious, or upset; filled with emotion, emotional; uneasy.
- Elaborate; overdone.
- Like a bad TV soap opera, this type of iron wine rack can sometimes be overwrought.
- Besides Stephen Petelei (Jetti, a name - "Henrietta " - Felhok, " Clouds ") and Zoltan Ambrus (Pokhdlo Kisasszony, " Miss Cobweb "; Gyanu, " Suspicion") must be mentioned especially Francis Herczeg, who has published a number of very interesting studies of Hungarian social life (Simon Zsuzsa, " Susanna Simon "; Fenn es lenn, " Above and Below "; Egy ledny tortenete, " The History of a Girl "; Idegenete kozott, " Amongst Strangers "); Alexander Brody, who brings a delicate yet resolute analysis to unfold the mysterious and fascinating inner life of persons suffering from overwrought nerves or overstrung mind (A kitlelkil asszony, " The Double-Souled Lady "; Don Quixote kisasszony, " Miss Don Quixote "; Faust orvos, " Faust the Physician "; Tiinder Ilona, Rejtelmek, "Mysteries"; Az eziest kecske, " The Silver Goat "); and Edward Kabos, whose sombre and powerful genius has already produced works, not popular by any means, but full of great promise.
- In the grammatical interpretation of his author's language, Servius does not rise above the stiff and overwrought subtleties of his time; while his etymologies, as is natural, violate every law of sound and sense.
- On his release, overwrought and weakened by six months spent "in the common gaol and dungeon," he performed what was almost the only and certainly the most pronounced act of his life which had the appearance of wild fanaticism.
- In 1854 he was appointed secretary of legation; but the aggressive ultramontanism of the Curia became increasingly intolerable to his overwrought nature, and in 1856 he was transferred, at his own request, as secretary of legation to Dresden.