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hubris

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noun hu·bris \ˈhyü-brəs\

Simple Definition of hubris

  • : a great or foolish amount of pride or confidence

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of hubris

  1. :  exaggerated pride or self-confidence

hubristic

play \hyü-ˈbris-tik\ adjective

Examples of hubris in a sentence

  1. When conceived it was a project of almost unimaginable boldness and foolhardiness, requiring great bravura, risking great hubris. —Simon Winchester, The Professor and the Madman, 1998

  2. If you were born Somewhere, hubris would come easy. But if you are Nowhere's child, hubris is an import, pride a thing you decide to acquire. —Sarah Vowell, GQ, May 1998

  3. … our belief in democracy regardless of local conditions amounts to cultural hubris. —Robert D. Kaplan, Atlantic, December 1997

  4. His failure was brought on by his hubris.



Did You Know?

To the Greeks, hubris referred to extreme pride, especially pride and ambition so great that they offend the gods and lead to one's downfall. Hubris was a character flaw often seen in the heroes of classical Greek tragedy, including Oedipus and Achilles. The familiar old saying "Pride goeth before a fall" is basically talking about hubris.

Origin and Etymology of hubris

Greek hybris


First Known Use: 1884



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