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Definition emotionally upset

More rarely, overwrought can mean that something is overdone (too elaborate). In architecture, furniture, or art, overwrought can also mean that something is decorated on the surface.
  • She is exhausted, nervous, and overwrought for good reason.
overwrought = emotionally upset
  • She is overwrought from pressure and lack of sleep.
  • overwrought = emotionally upset
  • I felt myself being drawn into that strange domain where the overwrought imagination of Edgar Allan Poe was at home.
    Jules Verne  --  Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea
  • We had a merry enough time trimming the hat with silk flowers and bows, although several times I broke down in tears because I was overwrought.
    Margaret Atwood  --  Alias Grace
  • She pulls a lace-trimmed handkerchief out of her pocket—evidently she had one all along, but was too overwrought to use it before.
    Margaret Peterson Haddix  --  Uprising
  • She was only overwrought, as who would not be?
    E.M. Forster  --  Howards End
  • It happened in that fashion that men call illusion, or the imaginings of people overwrought, or an intimation of the divine.
    Alan Paton  --  Cry, the Beloved Country
  • She has been overwrought lately.
    George Eliot  --  Middlemarch
  • Nor can I let you chivvy me into hasty action concerning Gospodin Wright, not when we are tired and overwrought.
    Robert A. Heinlein  --  The Moon is a Harsh Mistress
  • Since the position is outside of Oria Province, his mother became overwrought and upset.
    Ally Condie  --  Matched
  • Presently he said, "I shall feel better when I get to bed; I have been overwrought today; yes, and overworked for many days."
    Mark Twain  --  Pudd'nhead Wilson
  • "Thou'rt overwrought with passion; it disorders thy mind.
    Mark Twain  --  A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court
  • Cynthia panicked, and they argued, overwrought.
    Laura Hillenbrand  --  Unbroken
  • It was small wonder if the maid were taken with the picture we presented, of a poor, sick, overwrought lad and his most tender comrade.
    Robert Louis Stevenson  --  Kidnapped
  • When we were locked in each other's arms, my overwrought feelings could no longer be restrained.
    Harriet Jacobs  --  Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl
  • To my surprise I found myself quite popular and very likely I'd have been cured of my overwrought sensibilities except for two things.
    Cormac McCarthy  --  All the Pretty Horses
  • Mr Dorrit's overwrought heart bounded as he leaped up.
    Charles Dickens  --  Little Dorrit
  • Stella could, and did, act as though it was no use answering the accusations of an overwrought woman.
    Saul Bellow  --  The Adventures of Augie March
  • His mother noticed how overwrought he was.
    D. H. Lawrence  --  The Rocking-Horse Winner
  • He nodded to De Santis, the harassed Lab Chief, who inquired in an overwrought voice: "One to one?"
    Alfred Bester  --  The Demolished Man

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