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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
overt racism
▪ an overt attempt to force landowners to sell
▪ At times they have become an overt issue in industrial disputes.
▪ But what of the impact of overt bigotry and intergroup conflict on individual students?
▪ Ellis, according to his successor Beto, had two overriding overt concerns.
▪ Humans are inside the test tube to prevent the experiment from crashing, to divert the trials from overt crisis.
▪ Sir Nicolas Browne-Wilkinson V-C granted an order limited to overt use of the information.
▪ That is, a global preference for boy babies became overt and unapologetic.
▪ The Lima standoff seems to signal a return to overt political action by Tupac Amaru.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

overt \o"vert\ ([=o]*v[~e]rt" or [=o]"v[~e]rt), a. [OF. overt, F. ouvert, p. p. of OF. ovrir, F. ouvrir, to open, of uncertain origin; cf. It. aprire, OIt. also oprire, L. aperire to open, operire to cover, deoperire to uncover. Perh. from L. aperire influenced by F. couvrir to cover. Cf. Aperient, Cover.]

  1. Open to view; public; apparent; manifest. Opposite of hidden.

    Overt and apparent virtues bring forth praise.

  2. (Law) Not covert; open; public; manifest; as, an overt act of treason.

    No person shall be convicted of treason unless on the testimony of two witnesses to the same overt act, or on confession in open court.
    --Constitution of the U. S.

    Note: In criminal law, an overt act is an open act done in pursuance and manifestation of a criminal design; the mere design or intent not being punishable without such act. In English law, market overt is an open market; a pound overt is an open, uncovered pound.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

early 14c., "open to view," from Old French overt (Modern French ouvert), past participle of ovrir "to open," from Latin aperire "to open, uncover," from PIE compound *ap-wer-yo- from *ap- "off, away" (see abo-) + base *wer- (5) "to cover" (see weir). Compare Latin operire "to cover," from the same root with PIE prefix *op- "over;" and Lithuanian atveriu "open," uzveriu "shut."


a. open and not secret nor concealed.


adj. open and observable; not secret or hidden; "an overt lie"; "overt hostility"; "overt intelligence gathering" [syn: open] [ant: covert]


Usage examples of "overt".

The genial omissions and the invented details with which our textbooks retell the Pilgrim archetype are close cousins of the overt censorship practiced by the Massachusetts Department of Commerce in denying Frank James the right to speak.

The poem was suppressed by GHQ, obviously because the censors remained hypersensitive to any overt expression whatever of Japanese regret at losing the war.

Homosexuality was socially acceptable now, as was overt masochism, but this particular program disturbed him.

He had taken on the Mastership of the Pexdale Hounds in succession to a highly popular man who had fallen foul of his committee, and the Major found himself confronted with the overt hostility of at least half the hunt, while his lack of tact and amiability had done much to alienate the remainder.

In the rosy glow of die evening sunset, I si unobserved in the Shadows of a great arch overt Ijgnd watched Jory again dancing with Melodic in the huge foyer.

Even though it was a time when overt religiosity was a career asset if you wanted to be part of the public face of NASA.

There was but little perceptible wrong--doing, nothing overt which would cause the lover of his kind to grieve and point to the bad influence of the auri sacra fames.

Kierendal paused in the doorway long enough to be joined by her three overt guardsmassive ogres with unfiled tusks, wearing light chainmail painted with the scarlet and brass motif of the house and carrying wickedly spiked morningstars slung at their waists.

Thus the only overt attempt to resist the authority of Charles V, apart from one or two insignificant Anabaptist riots, was crushed.

Coming from directors and actors whom the South and the Heartland have revered, this approach probably had more effect than the more overt antiracism of directors such as Norman Jewison or Denzel Washington.

Not even the Christological overtones of The Book of the New Sun approach the overt meditations on ethics, the spirit, truth, redemption, and God that pervade this later series.

Needless to say, the sex humiliation angle is contraindicated for overt homosexuals.

Neither neighbor of the successful invader paid any overt attention to matters as they now stood, but Gelvarry noticed that as they bobbed and weaved at their machines, with the new monkey between them and with the dead cranker supine at his feet, they unobtrusively extended their limbs and tails to nudge lightly at the body, until they had almost inadvertently kicked it out of sight behind the machines.

Many fear that their fantasies signify mental illness or worry that, unless curbed, thoughts of illicit conduct will eventually bubble to the surface and demand overt enactment.

Jacqueline - with his open flyboy personality, there would have been some sign of overt aggression.