What does overkill mean?

Definitions for overkillˈoʊ vərˌkɪl

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. overkill(noun)

    the capability to obliterate a target with more weapons (especially nuclear weapons) than are required

  2. overkill(noun)

    any effort that seems to go farther than would be necessary to achieve its goal


  1. overkill(Noun)

    A destructive capacity that exceeds that needed to destroy an enemy; especially with nuclear weapons.

  2. overkill(Noun)

    An unnecessary excess of whatever is needed to achieve a goal.

  3. overkill(Verb)

    To destroy something with more (nuclear) force than is required.


  1. Overkill

    Overkill is the use of excessive force or action that goes further than is necessary to achieve its goal. It implies that, while the goal was accomplished, there was collateral damage as a result. It may be a literal term referring to physical damage, though it is also used in colloquial conversation as a metaphor.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of overkill in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of overkill in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Otis Brawley:

    To get surgery in their situation is really overkill.

  2. Brooke Alpert:

    Eating too much sugar basically bombards your taste buds, this sugar overkill causes your taste bud sugar tolerance to go up, so you need more and more sugar to satisfythat sweet craving.

  3. Ralph Fernandez:

    The assets of law enforcement are monster, the assets of a couple and their son are limited, regardless of what the person is charged with. To bring a family in and do that, when you have everything else at your disposal, to everyone, that seems like significant overkill.

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