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Examples of hubris in a Sentence
- 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
- 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
- … our belief in democracy regardless of local conditions amounts to cultural hubris. —Robert D. Kaplan, Atlantic, December 1997
His failure was brought on by his hubris.
Recent Examples of hubris from the Web
Berger declines to go into details, except to say that Johnson—either out of hubris or ignorance—wanted to move too fast.
What started then as optimism about the global recovery after the Asian crisis, of course, ended in hype, hubris, and excess.
Pacific Rim Uprising is what happens when nobody expects a sequel, none of the actors, directors or producers of the first movie are available but greed and hubris compel a sequel to be made.
Arguably, Elizabeth Harvest is about those favorite science-fiction standbys: identity, hubris, and humanity’s darkest sides.
These stories are advisories on human hubris: the insects will survive us.
For Dixon, the declared high expectations from the opening press conference was more about genuine belief than hubris.
The story involves money and hubris and risk, with a human toll.
When Congress easily passed the Voting Rights Act four months later, to bring true democracy to the South for the first time since the end of Reconstruction, hubris appeared more like courage.
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hubris Comes From Ancient Greece
English picked up both the concept of hubris and the term for that particular brand of cockiness from the ancient Greeks, who considered hubris a dangerous character flaw capable of provoking the wrath of the gods. In classical Greek tragedy, hubris was often a fatal shortcoming that brought about the fall of the tragic hero. Typically, overconfidence led the hero to attempt to overstep the boundaries of human limitations and assume a godlike status, and the gods inevitably humbled the offender with a sharp reminder of his or her mortality.
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
First Known Use: 1884See Words from the same year
HUBRIS Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of hubris for English Language Learners
: a great or foolish amount of pride or confidence
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