V2 Vocabulary Building Dictionary



Definition: 1. extremely upset, nervous, or agitated; 2. excessively elaborate or overly decorated

Synonyms: agitated, frantic, nervous, frenzied, hysterical, ornate, gaudy, rococo, flamboyant

Antonyms: calm, relaxed, tranquil, simple

Tips: Overwrought is a more complicated way of saying "agitated, frantic, nervous, frenzied, hysterical" or "ornate, gaudy, rococo, and flamboyant." Overwrought is not a commonly used word, but it is commonly tested on the GRE exam.

Usage Examples:

Natasha was overwrought when her dogs got out of the apartment and were lost for several hours. (frantic, hysterical)

After Aunt Judy won the lottery, she decorated her home in such an overwrought manner, it was ghastly. (gaudy, rococo, ornate)

Everyone in the office was overwrought with the thought that the company might go out of business. (agitated, frantic)

My friend was overwrought when her baby fell down the stairs. (hysterical, frantic)

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