overkill definition

  • noun:
    • Destructive nuclear ability surpassing the quantity necessary to destroy an enemy.
    • exorbitant killing.
    • An excess of something required or right for a particular end: "government overkill in working with dissent” ( Jesse Unruh).
    • A destructive capacity that exceeds that needed to destroy an enemy; particularly with nuclear weapons.
    • An unnecessary excess of whatever is needed to achieve a target.
    • the capacity to obliterate a target with an increase of tools (especially atomic tools) than are required
    • any effort that generally seems to get further than is necessary to attain its goal
  • verb-transitive:
    • To destroy (an enemy or enemy target) with additional nuclear power than needed.
  • verb:
    • To destroy anything with more (nuclear) force than is necessary.

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