overwrought


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overwrought

Art with the surface decorated or adorned
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This time he enjoyed peaceful slumber, restful alike to his wearied body and his overwrought brain.
During the long hours of darkness they caught but fitful snatches of sleep, for the night noises of a great jungle teeming with myriad animal life kept their overwrought nerves on edge, so that a hundred times they were startled to wakefulness by piercing screams, or the stealthy moving of great bodies beneath them.
Some woman who could not see the cause of the uproar, out of her overwrought apprehension raised the cry of fire and precipitated the panic rush for the doors.
"You found her hysterical, unreasonable, overwrought!" the Prince exclaimed.
"Thou'rt overwrought with passion; it disorders thy mind.
The thought, too, came into my overwrought brain that our parts now were completely changed, that she was now the heroine, while I was just a crushed and humiliated creature as she had been before me that night--four days before....
Scarcely thirty steps, all told, must I take, and yet it seemed to my overwrought imagination that that farther wall was miles away; but at last I reached it, nor once had I taken my eyes from the back of the old miser's head.
She hoped that it might be but the figment of an overwrought imagination.
The expression upon his face, combined with the relief I felt at seeing him again safe and sound, was too much for my overwrought nerves.
Night on the Terrace" takes a potentially fascinating subject -- the hidden power of sexuality amid the sterility of modern life -- but ends up little more than an overwrought, pretentious soap opera.
Viola's work has always tended to be overwrought, so these are not just slow-motion images of people--they are slow-motion images of people self-consciously emoting.
Black-and-white practice clothes proved ideal for Balanchine's neoclassic masterpieces; his Four Temperaments (1946) literally could not be seen until Kurt Seligmann's overwrought costumes were sheared away.