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I am looking for a word that means overcomplicating a simple point. Essentially I need a verb for the word jargon. The sentence I am trying to fit in in is:

"These discussions, couched in the language of insurrection as if we were all insurgents leading the charge against elite power, OBSCURE the insipid observations that culture and our moral framework have changed."

Need to replace the word "obscure".

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  • I'm not familiar with tarted up, but I've never heard pimped out used in this context. That phrase refers either to prostitution or to the upgrading of / addition of adornments to a physical object, most commonly a car or house.
    – user770884
    Jan 25, 2023 at 0:19
  • Are you just saying that the language is too complicated, or are you also saying that it's too bellicose?
    – alphabet
    Jan 25, 2023 at 1:34
  • It seems to me that you are asking for a word that expresses what overcomplicated language does — not a word that means overcomplicated language. Jan 26, 2023 at 2:35

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There is a verb for the word jargon:

jargonize (transitive verb): to make into jargon

(Merriam-Webster)

However, that does not necessarily fit well into your example sentence. Another alternative is:

obfuscate (transitive verb): to make obscure

(Merriam-Webster)

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I am looking for a word that means overcomplicating a simple point.

How about convolute?

Definitions:

verb make (an argument, story, etc.) complex and difficult to follow. (Oxford Languages)

convolute - practice sophistry; change the meaning of or be vague about in order to mislead or deceive; "Don't twist my words" (www.thefreedictionary.com)

Quotes:

The convoluted tale of their former Belgravia apartment rivals that of the end to their marriage. (Times, Sunday Times (2013))

Leave it to the Feds to convolute a simple concept. (ocregister.com)

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The closest term I can think of is:

Sesquipedalian, adjective: given to or characterized by the use of long words

Although, that word itself is excessive.

Maybe:

Verbose, adjective: containing more words than necessary

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  • The asker is looking for a verb.
    – alphabet
    Jan 25, 2023 at 1:19
  • Also you need to cite the sources of your definitions.
    – Laurel
    Jan 25, 2023 at 1:24

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