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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
He was criticized for hubris in some circles, but Nucci, again, understands.
Predicting the future requires hubris, and it should therefore be met with more than a terabyte of skepticism.
The history of Western medicine, moreover, is riddled with examples of broad miscalculations rooted in hubris, which may also help explain the tendency of fictional medical narratives to follow these punitive arcs.
For an interim president who has been in office less than nine months, this felt a little like hubris; as if Harry Truman had fired Douglas MacArthur at Franklin Roosevelt’s funeral.
Though Trevor Bauer had a good season, Terry Francona's decision to open the ALDS with his third-best starter feels at least a little like hubris.
The site stands as a monument to the havoc wreaked by hubris, obfuscation, and paranoia, all three elements magnifying the literal and figurative fallout from the accident.
But for all its stylistic renovation, this new version is propelled by the same uncomplicated logic: Bright visions of science are prone to going dark, and hubris always yields punishment.
His inflexibility during the former and myopia in the latter were astonishing for a man of Arena’s experience and perhaps can be explained only as the product of hubris.
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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
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