Over-accentuate



[ak-sen-choo-eyt] /ækˈsɛn tʃuˌeɪt/

verb (used with object), accentuated, accentuating.
1.
to give emphasis or prominence to.
2.
to mark or pronounce with an .
/ækˈsɛntʃʊˌeɪt/
verb
1.
(transitive) to stress or emphasize
v.

1731, from Medieval Latin accentuatus, past participle of accentuare “to accent,” from Latin accentus (see accent (n.)). Originally “to pronounce with an accent;” meaning “emphasize” is recorded from 1865.

You’ve got to accentuate the positive
Eliminate the negative
Latch on to the affirmative
Don’t mess with Mister In-Between

[“Ac-Cent-Tchu-Ate the Positive,” 1944, music by Harold Arlen, lyrics by Johnny Mercer]

Related: Accentuated; accentuating.

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