overconscientious

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From over- +‎ conscientious.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • (UK) IPA(key): /ˌəʊvəkɒnʃiːˈɛnʃəs/

Adjective[edit]

overconscientious (comparative more overconscientious, superlative most overconscientious)

  1. Excessively conscientious.
    • 1603, John Florio, translating Michel de Montaigne, Essays, II.33:
      If he were not over consciencious in that under colour of some treatie, parle or accord, to take any advantage of his enemies: he was as little scrupulous, in that he required no other vertue in his Souldiers but valour [...].
    • 2001, James Meikle, The Guardian, 15 Mar 2001:
      Are you an obsessive lover of routine, overconscientious, and think cleanliness is next to godliness? Beware. You may be nearly twice as likely to die from a heart attack as more laid back friends and colleagues.