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overkill (capability)

Definition:

the capability to obliterate a target with more weapons (especially nuclear weapons) than are required

Class:

attribute noun (attributes of people and objects)

Plural:

overkills

Original source:

Princeton WordNet

Etymology:

"over" + "kill" (verb). Originally in reference to nuclear arsenals; the general ...
(Source: Online Etymology)  [more]

All senses of overkill...

Definition references

Collins Dictionary:

overkill

the capability to deploy more weapons, especially nuclear weapons, than is necessary to ensure military advantage | any capacity or treatment that is ... (22 of 393 words, 2 definitions, 9 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/overkill

Wikipedia:

Overkill [disambiguation]

may refer to: Overkill (term), the use of excessive force or action to achieve a goal | Overkill (G.I. Joe), a character in the G.I. Joe universe | Overkill (Transformers), a character in the Transformers universe | Overkill, a character in the Marvel ... (40 of 269 words, 18 definitions)

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Merriam-Webster:

overkill [entry 1, verb]

to obliterate (a target) with more nuclear force than required (10 of 22 words, pronunciation)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/overkill

overkill [entry 2, noun] | bellyful [synonym, sense-specific] | fat [synonym, sense-specific] | overabundance [synonym, sense-specific] | overage [synonym, sense-specific] | overflow [synonym, sense-specific] | excess [synonym, sense-specific] | overmuch [synonym, sense-specific] | overplus [synonym, sense-specific] | ...

a destructive capacity greatly exceeding that required for a given target | an excess of something (as a quantity or an action) beyond what is ... (24 of 143 words, 3 definitions, 3 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/overkill show=1

Oxford Dictionary:

overkill

excessive use, treatment, or action | the amount by which destruction or the capacity for destruction exceeds what is necessary (19 of 56 words, 2 definitions, 2 usage examples, pronunciation)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/overkill

American Heritage Dictionary:

overkill | overkilled [past tense] | overkilling [present participle] | overkills [3rd-person singular present]

Destructive nuclear capacity exceeding the amount needed to destroy an enemy. | Excessive killing. | An excess of what is necessary or appropriate for ... (22 of 55 words, 4 definitions, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/overkill

Random House Dictionary:

overkill

the capacity of a nation to destroy, by nuclear weapons, more of an enemy than would be necessary for a military victory. | an instance of such ... (26 of 49 words, 3 definitions, pronunciation)

dictionary​.infoplease​.com​/overkill

Wiktionary:

overkill | overkilled [past tense] | overkilling [present participle] | overkills [3rd-person singular present]

[literally] A destructive capacity that exceeds that needed to destroy an enemy; especially with nuclear weapons. | [idiomatic] An unnecessary excess of whatever is needed to achieve a goal. | [transitive] To destroy something with more (nuclear) force... (36 of 48 words, 3 definitions, 2 usage examples, pronunciations)

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/overkill

Macmillan British Dictionary:

overkill [uncountable]

more of something than is needed or wanted (8 of 43 words, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/overkill

New World Dictionary:

overkill [United States]

the capacity of a nation's nuclear weapon stockpile to kill many times the total population of any given nation | much more of something than is ... (25 of 43 words, 2 definitions, pronunciation)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/overkill

Cambridge Dictionary:

overkill [disapproving]

much more of something than is needed, resulting in less effectiveness (11 of 26 words, 1 usage example, pronunciations)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/overkill

Encarta Dictionary:

overkill | overkilled [past tense] | overkilling [present participle] | overkills [3rd-person singular present]

action that far exceeds what is needed in order to achieve a result | the capacity of weaponry, especially nuclear weapons, to cause greater damage or ... (25 of 89 words, 3 definitions, pronunciation)

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861636008​/definition​.html  [offline]

Etymology references

Online Etymology:

overkill

First use: 1958

Origin: "over" + "kill" (verb). Originally in reference to nuclear arsenals; the general sense is from 1965. The verb is attested from 1946.

www​.etymonline​.com​/index​.php term=overkill

Wiktionary:

overkill | overkilled [past tense] | overkilling [present participle] | overkills [3rd-person singular present]

Origin: over- + kill.

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/overkill

over-

Origin: Middle English over-, from Old English ofer- ("over-"), from Proto-Germanic *ubar- ("over-"). Cognate with Dutch over-, German über-, Danish over-, Swedish över-. More at over.

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/over-

kill | kills [plural] | killed [past tense] | killing [present participle]

Origin: Middle English killen, kyllen, cüllen ("to strike, beat, cut"), possibly a variant of Old English ... | Middle Dutch kille via Dutch kil (22 of 88 etymology words)

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/kill

Audio references

Collins Dictionary:

overkill

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "overkill"

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/overkill

Macmillan British Dictionary:

overkill [uncountable]

Audio: British English pronunciation of "overkill"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/overkill

Macmillan American Dictionary:

overkill [uncountable]

Audio: North American pronunciation of "overkill"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/american​/overkill

Cambridge Dictionary:

overkill [disapproving]

Audio 1: British English pronunuciation of "overkill"

Audio 2: North American English pronunuciation of "overkill"

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/overkill

the Free Dictionary:

overkill

Audio 1: North American English pronunciation of "overkill"

Audio 2: British English pronunciation of "overkill"

Audio 3: North American English pronunciation of "overkill" by speech synthesizer

www​.thefreedictionary​.com​/overkill

Google Dictionary:

overkill

Audio: English pronunciation of "overkill"

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Merriam-Webster Pronunciation:

overkill

Audio: North American pronunciation of "overkill"

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/audio​.php file=overki​01 word=overkill

overkill

Audio: North American pronunciation of "overkill"

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/audio​.php file=overki​02 word=overkill

YourDictionary Audio:

overkill

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "overkill" by speech synthesizer

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