overkill

EnglishEdit

EtymologyEdit

From over- +‎ kill.

Pronunciation 1Edit

NounEdit

overkill (uncountable)

  1. (literally, military) A destructive capacity that exceeds that needed to destroy an enemy; especially with nuclear weapons.
  2. (by extension) An unnecessary excess of whatever is needed to achieve a goal.
    24 hours of TV coverage of the US election verged on overkill.
    Should I give you yet more homework, or would that be overkill?
  3. (manufacturing) An unnecessary excess of disposal because of too high criteria of inspection.
    Antonym: underkill

TranslationsEdit

Pronunciation 2Edit

VerbEdit

overkill (third-person singular simple present overkills, present participle overkilling, simple past and past participle overkilled)

  1. (transitive) To destroy something with more (nuclear) force than is required.
  2. (manufacturing) To dispose of too many items because of too high criteria of inspection.
    Antonym: underkill
  3. To do something excessive to achieve a goal.