Definition of Overshadow

1. Verb. Be greater in significance than. "The tragedy overshadowed the couple's happiness"

Exact synonyms: Dominate, Eclipse
Generic synonyms: Brood, Bulk Large, Hover, Loom



2. Verb. Make appear small by comparison. "This year's debt dwarfs that of last year"
Exact synonyms: Dwarf, Shadow
Generic synonyms: Command, Dominate, Overlook, Overtop
Derivative terms: Dwarf, Shadow

3. Verb. Cast a shadow upon. "The tall tree overshadowed the house"
Generic synonyms: Becloud, Befog, Cloud, Fog, Haze Over, Mist, Obnubilate, Obscure
Specialized synonyms: Eclipse, Occult

Definition of Overshadow

1. v. t. To throw a shadow, or shade, over; to darken; to obscure.

Definition of Overshadow

1. Verb. (transitive) To obscure something by casting a shadow. ¹

2. Verb. (transitive) To dominate something and make it seem insignificant. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Overshadow

1. [v -ED, -ING, -S]

Lexicographical Neighbors of Overshadow

oversew
oversewed
oversewing
oversewn
oversews
overshade
overshaded
overshades
overshading
overshadow (current term)
overshadowed
overshadower
overshadowers
overshadowing
overshadows
overshadowy
overshake
overshaken
overshakes
overshaking
overshape
overshare
overshared
overshares

Literary usage of Overshadow

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. The Catholic Encyclopedia: An International Work of Reference on the by Charles George Herbermann, Edward Aloysius Pace, Condé Bénoist Pallen, Thomas Joseph Shahan, John Joseph Wynne (1913)
"... with the university, had been somewhat reduced during the thirteenth century, the chancellor was still sufficiently powerful to overshadow the rector. ..."

2. A Manual of Pharmacology and Its Applications to Therapeutics and Toxicology by Torald Hermann Sollmann (1922)
"The specific action of the drug is, of course, joined to these methemoglobin effects, and may entirely overshadow them. ..."

3. Correspondence Concerning Claims Against Great Britain: Transmitted to the by United States Dept. of State (1870)
"... shall be removed out of sight, so that it shall no longer overshadow the two countries. THE RULE OF DAMAGES. Perhaps I ought to anticipate an objection ..."

4. Ireland Past and Present by Augustus J. Thébaud, John Habberton (1878)
"... solely by the resources of the immigrants. on foot for raising real cathedrals, which should quite overshadow the buildings hitherto known by that name. ..."

5. The Friends' Library: Comprising Journals, Doctrinal Treatises, & Other by William Evans, Thomas Evans, Edith R. Hall (1841)
"... wherein the Lord was graciously pleased to overshadow our large assemblies with his heavenly power and presence, to our great comfort and edification ..."

6. The Relations Between Religion and Science: Eight Lectures Preached Before by Frederick Temple (1885)
"Nevertheless a demand for more physical evidence; but the physical cannot be allowed to overshadow the spiritual. Dangers to believers from leaning this way ..."

7. The Encyclopaedia Britannica: “a” Dictionary of Arts, Sciences, Literature edited by Hugh Chisholm (1911)
"Then the popes made a point of according great pomp and dignity to this nominal prefect, in order to overshadow the senator, who still represented the ..."

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