Synonyms for overacting

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She chattered and laughed and gesticulated, but on this occasion she was overacting.

So it would have seemed to a less suspicious observer; but I thought that I could detect the overacting of pretence.

He played his part to perfection, yet never made the mistake of overacting it.

Do you imagine I did not know the reason of your overacting all that friendship for Mr Blifil yesterday?

He came very near discovering himself, however, by overacting his part.

We are reminded of Partridge, and his admiration of the overacting king.

WORD ORIGIN

1610s, "to go too far in action," from over- + act (v.). Meaning "to play a part with too much emphasis, to chew the scenery" is from 1630s. Related: Overacted; overacting.

MORE RELATED WORDS FOR OVERACTING

histrionic

adjectiveoverly dramatic
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