Overkill



[oh-ver-kil] /ˈoʊ vərˌkɪl/

noun
1.
the capacity of a nation to destroy, by nuclear weapons, more of an enemy than would be necessary for a military victory.
2.
an instance of such destruction.
3.
an excess of what is required or suitable, as because of zeal or misjudgment.
/ˈəʊvəˌkɪl/
noun
1.
the capability to deploy more weapons, esp nuclear weapons, than is necessary to ensure military advantage
2.
any capacity or treatment that is greater than that required or appropriate
n.

1958, from over- + kill (v.). Originally in reference to nuclear arsenals; the general sense is from 1965. The verb is attested from 1946.

noun

An excess, esp of needed action: Going twice would be overkill, don’t you think?

[1958+; fr the use of the term in connection with the killing potential of nuclear arms and arsenals]

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